Surviving the First Month at Canadian Workplace

Lesson 5: Getting Noticed (Dressing Appropriately)



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Pre-Task: In groups of four look at the pictures below and discuss appropriate and inappropriate dress at workplace. Brainstorm as many words / expressions as possible. Be prepared to present your list to the class.

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Pre-Task 2: As a class watch the video about workplace attire for women and add words, expressions and language to your list from pre-task.

Task: Work in pairs. You are a human resource manager. You have noticed that a few employees are not following the dress code. Use your noes form pre-task and talk to a new employee about appropriate and inappropriate dress at workplace. Swap your role do the role-play again.


Post-Task Analysis: As a class watch the video. How is this conversation different from your role-play? How could this be made better?

Lesson 5: Task 2 (Reading and Writing)

Pre-Task: This is your first week at your new workplace. Your supervisor has asked you to read company’s workplace attire policy on the website. Here is the information from your company website. You don’t have a lot of time to read and understand every word in the passage. As you read, guess the meaning of the following words from the context.
  1. Determine …………………………………………………………………………
  2. Badge …………………………………………………………………………
  3. Regardless …………………………………………………………………………
  4. Grooming …………………………………………………………………………
  5. Discretion …………………………………………………………………………
  6. Ripped …………………………………………………………………………
  7. Designated …………………………………………………………………………
  8. Implementing …………………………………………………………………………
When you have finished, check with a partner and then refer to a dictionary to make sure you have guessed the right meaning from the context.
Workplace Attire Policy
Workplace attire must be neat, clean, and appropriate for the work being performed and for the setting in which the work is performed. Uniforms may be required for certain positions. Departments may determine appropriate workplace attire for their area. Supervisors should communicate their department’s workplace attire and appearance guidelines to staff during the orientation and evaluation period or during the trial period. Any questions about the department’s guidelines for attire should be discussed with the immediate supervisor. Regardless of dress, all staff must carry or wear the Duke identification badge at all times while at work. In patient care areas, the identification badge should be prominently displayed according to department guidelines.
Guidelines
  • Staff are expected at all times to present a professional, businesslike image to patients, visitors, customers, students and the public. Acceptable personal appearance, like proper maintenance of work areas, is an ongoing requirement of employment with Duke.
  • Certain staff may be required to meet special dress, grooming and hygiene standards, such as wearing uniforms, depending on the nature of their job.
  • At its discretion, schools/entities/departments/units may allow staff to dress in a more casual fashion than is normally required. On these occasions, employees are still expected to present a neat appearance and are not permitted to wear ripped or disheveled clothing, athletic wear or similarly inappropriate clothing.
  • Any staff member who does not meet the standards set by his or her school/entity/department/unit will be required to take corrective action, which may include leaving the premises to change clothing. Hourly-paid staff will not be compensated for any work time missed because of failure to comply with designated workplace attire standards.
Rationale for Workplace Attire
There are three business-related reasons for implementing workplace attire guidelines:
  1. to ensure safety while working;
  2. to present or create a professional or identifiable appearance for patients, visitors, customers, students or the public; and
  3. to promote a positive working environment and limit distractions caused by provocative or inappropriate dress.
Source: https://www.hr.duke.edu/policies/expectations/attire.php

Bonus Task:
If you finish early try to find the words from the pre-task 1 here:

Word Search Puzzle
Q E S O A D W G R C I C D Q U
I W N D E T A N G I S E D B E
E M A I Y Y B Y M P P I Q Y P
J N P O M I X Z K P K Z R I V
C I D L K R N Q I O D Z E J S
D J I B E R E R J I U G G L L
L N I R G M W T S P I N A I Y
P V O I K M E C E I X I R K X
H T X O E S R N G D W M D A V
E M L F D E K K T D E O L D A
I Y G S T N Y U P I J O E B T
E M H I Q F T U M T N R S X D
E S O J X Q J J G V I G S E D
N N P T L M B A D G E B P Q B
A S J U F C P K W D V Y A P P

Pre-Task 2: What words or chunk of information do you need to convey the above information to another person? Read and underline / highlight / take notes so that you can effectively reproduce the information.

Task: This is your first week at your new workplace. As a new employee you have had the opportunity to research company policy on dress code. Your boss has noticed that not all employees adhere to the new policy. She has asked you to prepare a memo about company dress code policy to all staff. Summarize the information from your company website (reading above) and write a brief memo.

Task Reporting: Instructor invites 3-4 learners to present their in-class writing to the class. Learners put their writing on document sharing camera ( ELMO), the class read the work silently and then the presenter shares his/her reflections.

Post Task Analysis: Read the following memo. How is the format different from your memo? Is the language formal or informal? What makes it formal or informal?
Cana-Vista Company

Dress Code Policy: Business Casual

Cana-Vista Company has established a business casual dress code policy. While Cana-Vista employees are not required to wear what is traditionally considered formal business attire, appropriate standards of professionalism must be followed.

Employees are expected to maintain a clean and neat appearance at all times, dressing in a manner appropriate for the work being performed and consistent with safety rules and considerations. Workplace attire must not serve as a distraction to other employees, customers or other visitors, and may not cross the line between “business casual” and “casual”.

Jeans that are not faded and free from stains or tears as well as khaki or twill bottoms are acceptable, as are collared shirts, sweaters and other similar attire. Employees who wish to wear business suits may do so, but this level of formality is not required of Cana-Vista employees.

Examples of items considered too casual and/or inappropriate include:
  • Revealing clothing that exposes your back, chest, stomach, navel, underwear (front or back) or that reveals too much cleavage
  • T-shirts of a casual nature, such as those printed or embroidered with sayings or team logos, a well as those intended to be worn as undershirts
  • Tops with spaghetti straps, halter tops or muscle shirts
  • Tops that are transparent or see-through, or that give the appearance of such

Employees are expected to comply with the Cana-Vista dress code policy, maintaining an appropriate image for the workplace any time they are at work or otherwise representing Cana-Vista, such as during professional association meetings and business travel. Failure to adhere to this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
Source adapted from: http://cf.ltkcdn.net/business/files/1440-Business-Casual-Dress-Code-Policy.pdf
Post-Task Practice: Find reduced clauses below and then rewrite at least two sentences in your memo to include reduced clauses.
  1. I don't know where it is. Let's ask the woman talking on the phone.
  2. When we were downtown, we saw a lot of tourists taking pictures of each other.
  3. The people hurt in the accident were taken to hospital.
  4. During the celebration, the police arrested people drinking in public.
  5. I gave it to the kid wearing the blue running shoes, but he isn't here now.
Source adapted from: http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/490/grammar/reduced-adjective-clauses-general1.htm


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