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Professional Conduct and Workplace Behavior

Professional Conduct and Workplace Behavior. Myrna Rudder Allen Rioux. What Companies Want. Positive Attitude Proficiency in Field of Study Communication Skills (oral & written) Interpersonal Skills Confidence Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills Flexibility Self-motivation

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Professional Conduct and Workplace Behavior

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  1. Professional Conduct and Workplace Behavior Myrna Rudder Allen Rioux

  2. What Companies Want • Positive Attitude • Proficiency in Field of Study • Communication Skills (oral & written) • Interpersonal Skills • Confidence • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills • Flexibility • Self-motivation • Leadership • Teamwork

  3. While on the Job • Maintain a good attendance record • Be on time and work required hours • No clock watching • Orient yourself to the new environment as quickly as you can • Learn how the “system” works and follow it • Adapt to written and verbal communication styles • Speak proper English – avoid slang, etc. • Learn safety rules and obey them

  4. While on the Job • Learn co-worker names • familiarize yourself with positions and duties • Always be tactful and courteous • Adapt to internal politics • Don’t be afraid to ask questions • Learn to cope with realities of the work world • Not everything is going to go your way • Learn to build on what you know

  5. While on the Job • Be able to take suggestions and criticism from people • Establish good work habits: • Keep records of assignments given • Pay special attention to detail • A job well done is evidence of your ability and readiness for more complex tasks • Excellence and enthusiasm balanced with the ability to learn through constructive criticism, usually result in assignments with increased responsibility

  6. What NOT TO DO! • DO NOT: Make personal phone calls while at work • DO NOT: Search the internet - unless it is part of your job - do not go to ANY obscene sites! • DO NOT: Conduct yourself like a party animal during the week and or weekend • NEVER: Come to work intoxicated! • DO NOT: Give the hint of being dishonest - it could ruin your whole co-op!

  7. Expected Behavior • BE RELIABLE • Be to work on time, don’t miss work • If you are forced to miss work for some reason out of your control, call work ASAP • BE WILLING TO WORK • Do your job - go above and beyond what they ask • Also do extra things to help everyone around you get the job done

  8. Expected Behavior • BE RESPECTFUL • Show respect for company, boss and fellow employees • KEEP JOB SEPARATE FROM SOCIAL AND PERSONAL LIFE • Don’t make dates in the office or take up your boss’s or co-workers time with discussions of your personal life

  9. Expected Behavior • Violation of any of these rules will result in a no credit for your co-op experience if the violation is serious • If the infraction is severe, the student may not be allowed to co-op again until remedial action is taken • The student will be expected to write a letter of apology to the company if the infraction involved inappropriate behavior • University conduct policies apply to students out on co-op

  10. Safety in the Workplace • Follow company policies regarding safety in the workplace • Wear safety glasses, noise protection, wear certain protective clothing, gloves, hats, lab coats, etc. • Stay clear distance from dangerous equipment and machinery • Do not put hands where they shouldn’t be! • Not even as a joke! • If there is a safety violation, you must bring to supervisor’s attention ASAP!

  11. Safety in the Workplace • Safety is very important for a number of reasons: • Your health and well-being are the most important! • Every day there are literally thousands of lawsuits filed by individuals and companies regarding safety - or lack of safety in the workplace. • We need you to be very cognizant of this important issue

  12. The Exit Interview • Both you and your supervisor will fill out an evaluation form based on your co-op experience • The forms are available online: • http://www.eng.utoledo.edu/coop/studenteval.htm • http://www.eng.utoledo.edu/coop/employereval.htm • Make copies for yourself for reference • This must be done 3 - 4 weeks before you complete your co-op

  13. The Exit Interview • Be professional in any writing: • Student quote from evaluation, “I can’t wait to get the heck away from this dumb company, these stupid people, and this awful town.” • In a professional environment, one ‘dumb’ sentence could ruin it for you • It could also be a violation of the Co-op Behavior Policy

  14. Things to Remember • You are representing YOURSELF as well as the UNIVERSITY of TOLEDO! • YOUR REPUTATION as well as the University of Toledo's REPUTATION will be on the line if you do not succeed! • People read what you write and it is important that you be professional in all communications and circumstances • Make yourself proud! Be a great representative for UT! Do a good job! Learn a lot!

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