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Proper Decorum in the Workplace

by by Marciano A. Paroy Jr. and Jenner D. Lingayo The teaching profession is always subject to close observation by various groups of people: supervisors, local policy-makers, students and the general public. Teachers are somewhat objects of scrutiny that have to undergo inspection and monitoring not only as to their ability to dispense knowledge but also as to their ability to behave properly while inside their workplace. Professionalism and its attached requisite of maintaining commendable conduct is one grey area to some people. Some would argue that it is perfectly alright to do as one wishes when outside the workplace as long as the concerned employee maintains competence in his job performance. On the other hand, other employees would strictly advocate the maintenance of a smudge-free faade at all times not only within the workplace but everywhere the employee goes. The former line of thinking is supported by workers who claim that they are but realistic and honest to themselves hence their attitude of leaving the professional cloak right at the office doorstep before leaving the workplace. The latter idea, naturally, is fought for by workers who believe that ones personal life is supposed to be kept under wraps already the moment he joins the teaching environment sort of adopting a totally different persona. Now theres nothing wrong with both ideas, especially the latter. However, some parameters must be set for both line of thinking. While it its true that ones personal freedom is something that is valued and fought for at all costs, this concept becomes somewhat stamped with some limitations when one decides to join of all professions the world of teaching. Ones idea of acceptable fashion, for one, sometimes puts the person under fire from administrator whose sense of propriety is of course ages ahead. And they are right in doing so. Teachers stand in front of the class and they are expected to take the full focus of learners into the lessons at hand and not to have them distracted by a higher hemline for skirts, or a flaming red for a hair. And when this transcends into the more serious offenses like ones behavior in relation to fellow teachers then the freedom earlier asserted can no longer be enjoyed, especially if the teacher concerned is already encroaching into the freedom of others. Lastly, the commendable attitude for teachers is to simply do their tasks efficiently, and in so doing, will eventually be rewarded when periodic evaluation comes around and will hopefully result to his earning his or her rightful place in the higher rungs of educational leadership. Being recognized for ones collective efforts is one thing. Being recognized just because one is moving within the right crowd well, that is an entirely different matter. Something which smears the respectability and decorum that have always been attached to the noblest of all professions.