From day one in the workplace, employees should have a clear understanding of company standards and expectations. Defining permissible behaviors on the job prevents future misunderstandings, which can potentially jeopardize employment. Show interest and concern by inquiring on employee conduct and ethical behaviors required in your field of work.
8 Employee Behaviors that may Compromise Job Position:
1. Surfing the web for personal use during work hours.
While on the job, the Internet should be used for work-related purposes unless stated otherwise by your employer. If the company has not defined Internet rules, then it’s best to refrain from personal searches online. Employees can request to meet with managers or team leaders and inquire on company regulations regarding Internet use.
2. Text messaging friends and family.
With technology at our fingertips it’s almost impossible to refrain from texting – even at work. Most employers are lenient with occasional text messages, yet when the behavior interferes with job performance or becomes distracting, there’s a potential for negative repercussions and loss of employment.
3. Abusing phone privileges.
Situations arise when employees need to make calls outside of break time. Abusing phone privileges doesn’t refer to such instances, but rather when workers make a habit of using company time for personal phone calls.
4. Gossiping with other co-workers.
It’s nice to socialize and develop friendships with other co-workers. Be sure to maintain a professional tone, and discourage gossip or other inappropriate conversations when engaging with others. Also, use break time for conversations unrelated to business matters.
5. Consistent tardiness.
Employers are conscious of traffic and weather circumstances that may cause employee tardiness from time to time. Persistent tardiness is a concern and should be addressed with your employer. If you are facing difficulties in arriving to work on time, discuss the details with your employer for alternatives suggestions.
6. Failing to call-in when feeling sick or running late.
Unexpected sickness or tardiness should be reported in a promptly fashion. The sooner you notify the employer of your need of absence, the easier it is to find work coverage and prevent workflow disruption.
7. Using downtime to accomplish personal tasks.
Downtime at work can be used to learn more about the company, merchandise, business goals, equipment, and other relevant information in your line of work. Refrain from using this time to take a nap, color your nails, answer personal correspondence, and other nonrelated job activities.
8. Benefiting from company resources for personal use.
Supplies and equipment are intended for job tasks, not for personal use. Be sure to consult with your employer before using company products or materials for purposes unrelated to work.