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Workplace Expectations

Every work environment is different therefore make sure you are following the policies and procedures set forth by your department.

Attendance and punctuality. Attendance and punctuality are critical to one's overall success in the workplace. You are expected to arrive on time each day that you work. When assessing your availability make sure to account for travel time to and from work. After a work schedule is set for you be sure to stick to your work schedule. Your employer relies on your more than you know. Should you have to call in for any reason always try to speak to your supervisor directly first and call at least 30 minutes before the start of your shift. Do not allow friends or family to call in for you unless you physically cannot make the call.

If something unexpected happens that will cause you to be late, provide as much advance notice as possible, and even call if you are uncertain if you are going to be late. It is better to call and arrive on time than it is to not call and arrive late. When you need to request time off from work, provide at least a two day notice and try to arrange for a replacement if that possible and acceptable in your department.

If you become ill or need to respond to an emergency while you are working, immediately notify your supervisor or their designee.

Attire. Check in with your supervisor to see if there is a dress code for student employees. Here are a few guidelines to remember:

  • All clothing should be clean, fit properly, and in good condition.
  • "Pajama" pants are not acceptable for the workplace.
  • Shorts, if allowed by your department should be fingertip length or longer. They should not be made of spandex or fit tightly.
  • Pants and shorts should be worn at the waistline.
  • Shirts should be tucked in.
  • Apparel with the logo or name of other universities is not acceptable.
  • Name badges, if provided, should be worn on the right hand side of one's shirt.


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Career Center
Indiana State University
231 North 6th Walkway
Terre Haute, IN. 47809
(812) 237-5000
(812) 237-4392 (fax)