130.030 – EMPLOYEE CODE OF CONDUCT

Updated: April 2016

POLICY

Employees should be aware that they represent Maine Media Workshops + College while at work, whether in personal or telephone interactions. Others may form their first and only impression of the organization based on the way employees treat them – all employees should strive to act professionally at all times.

Maine Media Workshops + College seeks to maintain a professional atmosphere in which students, employees, parents, donors, visitors and members of the public can participate in educational and other programs. Employees are, therefore, requested to maintain appropriate dress, personal appearance and demeanor consistent with their responsibilities. Similarly, employees are expected to keep their work areas orderly, consistent with access, efficiency, safety, health and environmental requirements.

PROCEDURE

Appearance –
It is the responsibility of each employee to report for work in a neat and clean manner consistent with the work being performed or customary professional standards. Some departments have specific dress requirements based on service and/or safety regulations and guidelines.

Please adhere to the following:

  • Proper personal hygiene
  • Clean clothing
  • No clothing displaying profane or intimidating language, inappropriate or suggestive logos, including sayings that advertise illegal substances
  • No outfits which allow exposure of the midriff or undergarments
  • Tops, shirts, blouses and the like must be attached to shoulder straps
  • Pants/Shorts/Skirts: Must adequately cover appropriate areas of the body
  • Shoes or sandals must be worn at all times. Closed toed shoes are required in the food service, housekeeping and maintenance departments. Closed toed shoes may also be required while on set.

Supervisors are required to enforce the dress code and should instruct employees who do not comply with these guidelines to return home to change into appropriate clothing at the earliest possible opportunity. Your outward appearance reflects your attitude toward your life and your work.

Attendance –
Regular attendance is essential to the successful operation of the organization.  However, some unplanned absences may be unavoidable, such as illness or personal emergencies. If an employee must be absent from work, it is necessary that the employee notify his/her supervisor as soon as possible before the normal starting time. An employee is responsible for contacting his/her supervisor each day of the absence unless it has been approved in advance for a specific period of time. It is also the employee’s responsibility to complete the proper time off form. No employee is exempt from submitting this form.

Behavior –
Employees who abuse their position of trust by engaging in unethical or unprofessional conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment. It is not possible to list all forms of behavior that are considered unacceptable in the workplace, but the following are examples of infractions of the rules of conduct that may result in disciplinary action: theft or inappropriate removal or possession of property; falsification of data or timekeeping records; breach of confidentiality; use of Maine Media Workshops + College supplies, equipment or property to carry out private business ventures; fighting, threatening, or violent behavior, or causing harm to others in the workplace; negligence or improper conduct leading to damage of organization-, student-, or employee-owned property; insubordination or other disrespectful conduct; possession, distribution, sale, transfer or use of alcohol or illegal drugs in the workplace, while on duty, or while operating organization-owned vehicles or equipment; violation of local, state or federal laws while on organizations property or while working as an employee of the organization; etc.