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Fresh Graduates' FAQ Part.3

Wong Shu Lee  

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  February 24, 2022

Part 1: https://www.zom-in.com/spice-in_landing.php?url=Fresh+Graduates+FAQ+Part.1 

Part 2: https://www.zom-in.com/spice-in_landing.php?url=Fresh+Graduates%27+FAQ+Part+2

 

Q1: Can I use my phone while working?

 

Excessive cell phone use at work can interfere with productivity. Even if your employer doesn't ban their use, it's a good idea to limit yourself. 

 

You may consider keeping your phone in a desk drawer to avoid temptation and checking it only occasionally to make sure you haven't missed any critical calls.

 

When picking up personal calls, it’s best to find a private place to do it. Find a spot where others—those who are working or also on break—won't be disturbed. Make sure no one can overhear your conversation, especially if you are discussing personal things. 

 

Phone has nowadays become an essential work tool. Thus, it’s totally ok to use your apps as needed—for example, to add things to your calendar or take notes. However, while you are sitting at a meeting, do not text, check your social media news feeds, post your status, or play games. 

Q2: Can I date a colleague? 

 

Office romances do happen. Given how much time people spend at work, it's not so surprising that people may develop crushes or fall in love. 

 

Workplace romances can lead to long-term relationships—and even marriage—but they can also result in uncomfortable situations for the people involved as well as their co-workers. 

 

In the worst-case scenario, intertwining business and pleasure could result in an unplanned, unwanted job search, as people can get fired due to workplace relationships or be forced to resign because of a relationship gone wrong. 

 

Before you begin a relationship with a colleague take a look at the company policies about dating co-workers. Many companies, large and small, have hard and fast rules against relationships developing between coworkers. If it is against the rules, you have to ask yourself: "Is it worth it?" 

 

Even if relationships are allowed, be discreet and prepare for any consequences. Agree at the beginning of the relationship how you will handle a potential breakup. If the relationship does get serious, one member should strongly consider a new position outside the company. That way, you can separate your career paths from the relationship. 

 

Q3: I’m uncomfortable with my colleagues’ jokes. How to put them on stop?

 

If the jokes being made by your colleagues are inappropriate and have created a hostile work environment, making it difficult for you to work, it is considered harassment. Workplace harassments can be splited into two types, which are sexual harassment or non-sexual harassment. 

 

Sexual harassment includes includes uninvited comments, conduct, or behavior regarding sex, gender, or sexual orientation. Other actions regarding religion, race, age, gender, or skin color, for example, can also be considered non-sexual harassment. 

 

When facing any sort of workplace bullying, you can report the problem to human resources. If no action has been taken, or the harasser is the owner of the company, you can file a complaint directly to the Labour Department. 

 

The information contained in this article is not legal advice and is not a substitute for such advice. Kindly seek legal advice if you’re facing a serious harassment problem in your workplace. 

 

 

Are you a fresh graduate too? Let’s write to us at admin@zom-in.com if you are facing any issue or problem in your career. We will try our best to cover your problems in the upcoming FAQs. 

 

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