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Code of Ethics and Employee Conduct


College employees will be prudent and responsible stewards of College resources.

Representative Observable Behaviors

a.    Arrives punctually even when his/her supervisor is absent.

b.    Fills out an accurate timesheet every pay period.

c.     Uses lunch and break periods appropriately, without “padding” or lengthening them.

a.    Is actively engaged in promoting positivity at work, which minimizes conflict and increases productivity.

b.    Tries to assist with problem solving when approached by co-workers to discuss negative behaviors or complaints.

a.    Is vigilant to look for signs of fraud.

b.    Reports suspected fraud.

c.     Looks for potential waste of resources; offers improvements to reduce waste.

d.    Encourages the development of paperless processes to reduce paper consumption.

Warning Signs of Problematic Behaviors

a.    Causes unnecessary issues in the department for others, including allowing gossip to circulate.

b.    Refuses to do a task because it is not in his/her job description.

c.     Spends excessive time distracting others from doing their work.

d.    Is frequently off topic in meetings or in work assignments. 

a.    Prints items unnecessarily (reports, emails, etc.)

b.    Allows or requests MC to pay for a laptop or cell phone when having one is not necessary to the job.

c.     Attends out of town conferences and neglects to participate in the educational activities.

d.    Uses College resources to shred personal documents (large quantities).

a.    Frequently uses sick and other leave, with little or no notice.

b.    Does not show up for his/her responsibilities in the unit or department.

c.     Does not honor departmental practices for shared space or resources. For example, neglects to clean up after self in the office or kitchen.

a.    Uses equipment and supplies for personal use or takes supplies home.

b.    Uses time for personal business or pleasure. For example, has lengthy phone calls, visits with friends/family while on work time, and/or does personal work.

c.     Causes a paper jam in a communal printer and walks away without reporting it or attempting to fix it.

a.    Maintains a second job that interferes with College work assignments.

b.    Engages in College committees and extra activities to the detriment of the ability to fulfill his/her core job responsibilities.


  • Organizational stewardship: Examining a new measure in the stress and well-being framework.

    Simpkins, L., & Lemyre, L. (2018). Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science / Revue Canadienne Des Sciences Du Comportement, 50(3), 144–155.
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  • Stewardship: Choosing service over self-interest. Block, P. (1993). Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
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LinkedIn Learning:

  • Leadership through Stewardship: A Foundation for Organizational Success Across Cultures.
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  • What Does Organizational Stewardship Mean? 
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