Internship_Workplace_Etiquette.doc - UT\u2019s PARALEGAL STUDIES INTERNSHIP Introduction As a representative of The University of Toledo and the Paralegal

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UT’s PARALEGAL STUDIES INTERNSHIP Introduction As a representative of The University of Toledo and the Paralegal Studies Program, you stand not only for yourself, but also for UT and the Paralegal Studies Program as a whole. Your behavior, attitude and work ethic continue to set the tone for the internship program. If you are mature, poised, courteous, and respectful of your coworkers, your internship placement will extend this invitation to other paralegal interns who will follow in your footsteps. Likewise, if you are rude, insolent or inconsiderate to your internship supervisor’s needs or the needs of their clients, you may be out of a “job” shortly, you may jeopardize your degree completion, and you may ruin the chances of other students to intern at this placement in the future. The following information is provided to give you information that will assist you in preparing for a wonderful, rewarding internship experience. Etiquette in the Workplace Although many people consider their technical skills and intelligence to be their most important job qualifications, many employers consider the ability to get along well with colleagues and clients even more important . In the workplace, being well mannered means one thing above all else: respecting others and treating them with courtesy – no matter what! In the workplace, manners are addressed in many different ways. You should do the following: Respect the company’s culture. Take note of your supervisor and other employees and emulate their behavior. Respect rank and treat it appropriately. Most companies have a hierarchy. Learn what it is and what each level requires from you. Respect the privacy of others and be courteous to them. Respect others’ views and avoid disagreements. When they do arise, handle them gracefully. People’s religious, political, moral, and lifestyle opinions differ. Acknowledge that and refrain from imposing yours on them. Developing Relationships Quickly You can do many things in a working environment to irritate other people, just as you can do many things to make yourself a prized worker who is an integral member of a
team. Your goal in the internship should be to make the internship supervisor think they can’t do without you! You can quickly, very quickly, get a reputation on the job as someone who is a hard worker, takes directions well, is a team player, etc. One of the keys to workplace etiquette is to pay enough attention to others to be able to modify your behavior to accommodate them. In other words, people have different personality types; the more observant you are and the quicker you identify that, the easier it will be for you to communicate with those individuals. Here are some tips to master: Learn the names of all people you will interact with on a daily basis. Unless you are told otherwise, address everyone by Mr. Mrs. (married) Miss (unmarried) Ms.

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