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Productive Classroom Behavior Exercise

There’s no time like the beginning of an academic year to set standards for good classroom etiquette, and to help students understand expected behavior in the workplace. Follow these steps for a quick lesson that will have long-term impact.

  1. Introduce the topic of classroom behavior in the college classroom, eliciting answers from students about what they consider to be good etiquette. Students will likely come up with some answers, but you should have a list of behaviors you personally expect from your learners (i.e. policies on phones and laptops, attendance, late arrival, deadlines, courtesy, respectful participation, preparation, etc.)
  2. Write the responses on a white board or project them so the entire group can view the desired behaviors.
  3. Put students into groups and ask them to discuss reasons these behaviors foster learning.
  4. (optional) Have the groups write an e-mail to you explaining how positive classroom behavior might reflect practices in the workplace. Many students have jobs. They might be able to contribute insights into desirable attitudes and behaviors at work.


Retailers Are Watching Us Shop—Should We Care?

We keep hearing that privacy doesn’t exist anymore, and that we should no longer even expect it. But while most of can understand the need for monitoring the public in some situations, do any of us really want retailers following our movements when we’re in their stores?

It’s already happening. The cosmetic chain Sephora uses Bluetooth to connect to customers’ smartphones and track what they look at. Once that data is gathered, promotions geared to the shoppers’ preferences are sent to their smartphones. Other technology tracks shoppers if they use in-store Wi-Fi, which enables the business to capture shoppers’ data and private information. While Target, Walmart, and Lowe’s have not yet adopted facial-recognition systems that can, among other functions, identify former shoplifters in its stores, these retailers are considering such Big Brother intrusions.

Stores claim technologies that track shopping behaviors help them stay competitive with online retailers. They argue such tracking is being explored to enhance shoppers’ experience. However, privacy advocates claim the risks of abuse from tracking customers physically are too dangerous, and that if allowed to continue, could result in massive data collection that inevitably would be stored and shared. This sharing could theoretically lead to unknowing shoppers being blacklisted, misidentified, or otherwise labeled. If you were purchasing a lot of liquor for a large party, for example, that information could be stored and retrieved by a potential employer who may consider that purchase in a negative light.

Congress is currently considering legislation to protect privacy online and in brick-and-mortar stores. Should lawmakers stop businesses from using our faces and track our every step without permission?


  1. If retailers use facial recognition tracking in stores, should customers be informed or allowed to opt out?
  2. Should stores be allowed to use facial recognition technology to monitor employees as a way to cut down on theft or other issues?
  3. How would you feel about a store that used sensors in shopping carts that could track your eye movements?



New Grads Seek More than Salary…  Be More Savvy about Online Privacy… Yes, You Must Answer E-mails

New Grads Seek More than Salary

Although 2019 college graduates are earning only slightly more than their 2018 counterparts (and 20% more than those graduating in 2009), they’re not displeased about their pay. Why? Because they want something from a job that money just can’t buy—purpose.

Millennials and Gen Z want to make a difference as much as make a living, so an employer’s culture and the opportunity to grow and learn can supersede salary demands, says a college recruiter from Korn Ferry, a management consultant firm that conducted an analysis of 300,000 entry-level jobs.

Ally Van Duren of Korn Ferry says younger workers prefer a workplace that fosters collaboration with peers across various segments of an organization. She also says that many believe employers should provide them with special training and mentoring on the job.

For the younger generations entering or already in the workforce and who prefer to enjoy the people they work with and the work itself, salary is simply secondary.

From The Wall Street Journal

 Be More Savvy about Online Privacy

Research from the Society for Human Resource Management indicates that nearly half of all organizations use social media or online searches to screen candidates as well as to check up on current employees. What’s more, those searches lead to negative consequences all too often.

These five social media privacy suggestions can help workers and job seekers alike display themselves at their best.

  1. Educate yourself about an employer’s privacy policies. The onus is on potential and current employees to learn about a company’s policies.
  2. Omit coworkers and superiors on private social media. Create a professional social media account; save personal accounts for trusted friends only.
  3. Assume all internet activity on public wi-fi is hackable. Take measures to ensure privacy. Avoid “free” VPN or PPTP protocol.
  4. Remove questionable material posted in the past. Employers don’t care if it happened two minutes or two years ago—they don’t want to see employees in compromising situations.
  5. Pay attention to privacy settings.Always adjust default settings to reveal only information appropriate for the world to see.


Yes, You Must Answer E-mails

It’s digital snobbery to leave e-mails unanswered, just like not meeting the eyes of an acquaintance when seeing him in a hall, says organizational psychologist Dr. Adam Grant.

Grant, writing in The New York Times, says ignoring messages is code for “this e-mail isn’t important to me now.” Research is showing that managers slow to deal with e-mails are less effective because they are perceived as lacking conscientiousness.

Some caveats apply. Recipients of e-mails from strangers asking favors should not feel compelled to respond, Grant says. Nor should employees feel they must answer e-mails after work hours or weekends.

Still, says Grant, ignoring e-mails entirely is a big no-no. Doing so shows you’re disorganized or worse, don’t care.

From The New York Times