For some of you, this may be the first job you have ever held. Developing a professional attitude and self-discipline now will serve you well throughout your entire career. These rules are general behavior guidelines. They promote good work habits and providing the best service possible to your customers and your employer. They are also rules that will be found in the majority of work sites.
- Dress in a manner appropriate to your work location. Most students do not have to wear professional office attire; however, jeans in good condition and a nice shirt are appropriate. Do not wear sweats, shorts, tank tops, or flip flops to the office. Workplace attire will vary by department so if your supervisor doesn’t inform you, ask!
- Social interaction in the office should be kept to a minimum. Discussing your personal life should not be done while someone is waiting for assistance. Although your work site may be open for student use, refrain from inviting your friends to stop by for a chat while you are working. Keep all interactions professional.
- Personal phone calls cannot be made from the workplace without the permission of your supervisor.
- Computers in the office are not for personal use. Your tasks are your top priority, if all tasks are completed you may have permission to work on your homework.
- Use discretion when interrupting professionals, administrative assistants, and supervisors while meetings are in progress. Usually a closed door means do not disturb. When in doubt, ask your supervisor how to handle this situation.
- Consider all office information and communication confidential. Avoid inappropriate public discussions about students, alumni, or college policies. Disclosure of confidential information to sources outside of the office will be cause for dismissal. In some offices, you may be asked to sign a confidentiality statement.
- Regular attendance is important for operations of day-to-day functions in your office. It is also a reflection on how well you will perform in future jobs. Take it seriously as it could be considered on both your evaluation and future letters of reference.