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Code of Conduct in the Workplace

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Businesses implement codes of conduct that specify behavior in the workplace and among employees. A code of conduct lists general do's and don'ts in the office and provides guidelines regarding workplace issues and situations. Companies implement different codes of conduct, but they generally serve the purpose of maintaining order in the workplace and improving productivity.


Employees should always come to work on time. They should clarify required time-in attendance with supervisors. Sick employees should notify their employers in advance if they are physically unable to come to work. Employers require early notification for workers unable to come in and every employee must comply. Companies also offer vacation leave or sick leave, and some are paid and unpaid. Workers must always have documentation and permission from employers if they are going to be away for a period of time.

Dressing for Work

Employees represent their company and send a message to potential clients about the quality of work a business provides. In general, employers require employees to dress appropriately and this means adhering to a specific dress code for work. The setting and nature of work determines a specific dress code for employees. An office setting requires business suits for men and dress suits for women. A workplace in an open environment implements a more casual dress code and may allow denims and T-shirts. Employees must always clarify standard dress codes with employers.

Work Relationships

Employers and employees build professional relationships and treat one another with respect. Everyone is discouraged from having personal and romantic relationships with colleagues as this creates conflict of interest. Discrimination and harassment of any form are not tolerated in the workplace. Employees should report cases of abuse and conflict before it escalates, and employers must take immediate action according to company policies and procedures.

Using Amenities

Employees must limit the use of computers and Internet access to work-related purposes. Workers should not use business hours to visit social networking sites, personal blogs or online shopping websites. Employers monitor inappropriate website surfing and reprimand abusive use of technology and other amenities. Employees should also limit phone calls for business purposes.


Employers and employees should always maintain safety standards in the workplace to prevent accidents. Workers should report broken amenities, unsafe workspaces, or potential hazards in the workplace. They should stay alert in case of emergencies and be aware of emergency exits and procedures. Businesses dealing with chemicals and heavy machinery should provide proper training and permits for workers.