Friday, June 24, 2011

Professionalism in the Workplace

So yesterday, Amber and I were on a water run and we passed by another department and we heard some extremely unprofessional conversations. A staff member was trying to help a student and he asked the student, "Yo, so what you need? Let me tell you about yo account."

Before you go ahead and assume the staff member knew the student... he did not. Mind you, the student was an international student. The poor student didn't even comprehend what he was being asked!

Working in higher education can be hard to adjust to sometimes; especially when you are a young adult who isn't too far removed from the whole college environment. Professionalism still needs to take place though. I find that students respect the staff and administrators more when they conduct themselves in a more serious manner. It is okay to joke and fool around sometimes, but on a day to day basis, the professionalism still needs to be there. If anything, staff and administrators should feel that they need to set an example to the impressionable college minds that we come across everyday.

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