Purpose: Students learn about having a positive work ethic.
1. Students recognize that ethical behavior in the workplace includes punctuality.
Explain to students that in addition to the rules they discussed, there are more general rules for the workplace that everyone should follow in order to be a good employee.
Ask students to imagine that they’re throwing a surprise party and have asked their guests to come at a specific time. Instead, the guests all arrive at different times. Ask, “Why is their lateness a problem?” (Students should respond that the surprise aspect of the party would be ruined.) Direct students to the understanding that being on time is important.
Point out that just as it’s important for everyone to arrive at a surprise party on time, we arrive at our jobs on time so that the business operates smoothly. Lead students to identify punctuality as an important rule.
Explain to students that being on time shows they understand that it’s important to fulfill their responsibilities and that they want to help keep things running smoothly. It also shows respect for company policy and for coworkers.
2. Students recognize that telling their employers when they are sick is important.
Ask students to imagine that they plan to meet a friend at the movies, but the friend never shows up. The friend calls two days later, saying she was sick. Ask students to consider how they would feel and what they would think about their friend.
Lead students to understand that they would feel like the friend didn’t think they were important enough to call. Explain that the same is true for times when they’re sick and can’t go to work. If they don’t call in, their boss will think that the job isn’t important to them.
3. Students recognize that taking company property is stealing.
Tell students to imagine that a friend visits their home and, after the friend leaves, they realize that their headphones are missing. Ask students to share what they would think. (Student responses should mention stealing and that they’d probably be angry.)
Point out that the same is true on the job. Taking supplies home from the job for personal use or making personal phone calls is stealing because the company has to pay for those things. Point out to students that if they need to make a phone call in an emergency, they should explain the situation to a supervisor and ask to make a brief call. Otherwise, making phone calls or taking supplies home can cause difficulties on the job.