Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 8th 2013 Contents There is a certain way individuals behave in
a particular situation. No two individuals behave
in similar ways. There are individuals who find
it difficult to handle stress whereas there are
certain individuals who have the ability to face
unforeseen circumstances with a smile.
Employee behaviour is defined as an employ-
ee s reaction to a particular situation at work-
place. Employees need to behave sensibly at
workplace not only to gain appreciation and
respect from others but also to maintain a
healthy work culture. One needs to adhere to
the rules and regulations of workplace. Remem-
ber, Office is not a place where you can shout
on fellow workers, spread rumours, criticise
your Boss and so on. You just can t afford to
be rude with your team members. Be polite
and speak softly. Do not forget that you are
not the only one working; there are other
people around as well. Some people have a
tendency to have their lunch at their work-
stations only. Such a behaviour is completely
Male employees need to respect their female
counterparts. Never ever think of sexually
harassing your female team members. Such a
behaviour is unethical and not at all acceptable
at workplace. One complaint from them and
your career is finished. Avoid making lewd
comments, physical advances or touching them.
An individual s behaviour has lot to do with
his upbringing and family background. A child
who has been brought up in a decent family
where females are respected and thought to
be equal would never even in his wildest dreams
think of abusing female colleagues.
It is completely unethical to steal office prop-
erty. Why do you have to take office stationery
to home? Office stationery (pens, pencils, sta-
pler, eraser, punching machine, glue and so
on) are meant to be used only in offices and
nowhere else. Avoid damaging office property.
Remember, if you do not respect your organ-
isation, you will not get respect in return.
Employees need to understand that some
information is confidential and should not be
discussed with anyone. Never break your man-
ager s trust. Do not disclose your team s strate-
gies or internal policies to others just because
they are your friends. Some people tend to
submit fake bills to claim more money than
actual. Individuals with such a behaviour find
it extremely difficult to survive in the long run.
What is the use of submitting wrong bills?
Believe me, if you are caught, you will lose in
your job in no time. Such a behaviour will not
only tarnish an individual s image but also
speak ill of his family background and upbring-
Why do you have to use your office computer
for online shopping, watching movies, paying
cell phone bills, internet bills and so on? Rather
than wasting our energy on unproductive
things, it is always good if we concentrate on
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Managers and leaders play an important role in
influencing the behaviour of individuals at workplace.
It is the responsibility of leaders to set a direction for
team members. In majority of the cases, it has been
observed that employees do not feel like going to
work when they have strict bosses. You need to stand
by your team always. Guide them and help them in
their day to day operations and help them acquire
new skills and upgrade their knowledge. Make them
feel important. As a leader, you need to be a strong
source of inspiration for your subordinates. If you do
not reach office on time, how can you expect your
team members to adhere to the rules and regulations
Employees need to feel comfortable at workplace
for them to stay positive and happy. Rules and reg-
ulations should be same for everyone. Employees
ought to be encouraged to respect their reporting
bosses and follow the code of ethics. Do not have
complicated reporting systems. Transparency at all
levels is essential. You must know what your team
member is up to and vice-a-versa. Job security is one
of the most crucial factors affecting employee behav-
iour. Stand by your team at the times of crisis. Do
not throw them out during bad times.
Employees should be asked to do what best they
can perform. Do not overburden employees. Encourage
them to upgrade their skills from time to time.
Managers need to communicate effectively with
team members. The moment, employees feel left out,
they lose interest in work. They need to have a say
in organisation s major decisions. Let them express
their views and come out with their problems. Griev-
ances need to be addressed immediately.
Family and Personal Life
Trust me, if you fight with your family members
or relatives in the morning, you feel restless the whole
day. It has been observed that individuals with a trou-
bled background or problematic family life tend to
behave irrationally at workplace. Employees who have
strained relationships with family members like to sit
till late at work and spoil the entire work culture.
Individuals from very poor families also have a habit
of stealing office stationery and taking things to home.
Conflicts in personal life lead to stress and irrational
behaviour. Also, individuals should try not to bring
their personal problems to work.
Relationship at Work
It is necessary to have friends at the workplace.
You need people around to talk to, discuss and share
experiences. It is really not possible to work in isolation.
Not allowing employees to interact with fellow workers
leads to frustration and stress at workplace. Avoid
arguing with team members.
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