Can you teach professionalism?

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In my temp days, I was told up front what my behavior was expected to be and that not abiding that would result in my dismissal as a temp, at the least, or loss of the opportunity to become a full-time employee. Also, any dissatisfactory comments were cc'd to my temp agency by my immediate supervisor. She NEVER had to go through HR because they did not pay my wages directly, they paid the agency! The agency handled any concerns, their contract specifically stated that they were to provide a suitable person to fulfill th...(register to read more)

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Stacy October 13, 2010 at 12:22 pm

As a former manager, now a worker-bee I have been exposed to the best of the best and the most obscene and shameless worst of the worst! I regret that it has made me somewhat “sensitive” to rude behavior and overall unproffessionalism. However, that being said, it by no means should negate my awareness and/or boundaries. Ignorance pertaining to rude behavior should NEVER be tolerated. Think about it everyone, if it were you acting out as this gal (and there is one blazing in my office right this second – and I work for a school district for God’s sake) is you would be hauled in to discuss your behavior/attitude before you could finish the temper tantrum you might be having. Why should anyone else get a pass? Because they have “issues”? Maybe recovering from addiction? (read between the lines regarding the blazing idiot I am referring to). How do they know whether or not YOU have issues? Meaning – why should you and/or I be penalized for displaying ethical behavior and proffessionalism?


edmonton-goddess September 12, 2009 at 11:10 am

i have this EXACT same issue with a co-worker. She creates toxic space around her and becuase of it, staff tippy-toe around trying to not upset her BUT she LOVES loves the drama. i went to the boss and said i cant do this any longer as i am the junior staff but equivilant on the org chart – i put my concerns in writing, told her we needed to talk and that i had requested a meeting with our boss to help us better work together – otherwise i was going to quit – its energy draining to listen to the **** every day – we had our meeting – she blew a gasket as expected – we semi resolved the issue by me explining i asked for mediation so there was no yelling when we talked – and agreed on some ‘ground rules’ for time outs when attitudes got in the way of work.

promptly after the meeting things continued as before and the day i went into quit – reasons in hand and in writing – i got promoted for my handling of the situation and now will have to train our whole service admin and tech workplace respect and prper work etiquette.

so sometimes its worth the risk of asking for help to better communicate.


Jocelyn October 14, 2008 at 10:33 am

Our temps still meet with HR and the employee handbook and conduct is gone over with them and they still sign agreement forms. Behavior is addressed by HR and if not improved, there are always more temps out there


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