Getting to know your workplace and co-workers takes time. Here are some tips to help you more quickly understand common workplace etiquette and feel comfortable in your new environment. If you have questions, talk with a friend, neighbour, co-worker or employment counsellor.
Employers generally prefer it when you express your opinion about work-related issues to them directly. Asking questions shows the employer that you care and are interested in the job. Remain positive and helpful when giving suggestions.
Avoid asking questions about your co-workers’ personal lives. Do not ask about age, weight, height, marital status, salary, or family because it can make others feel uncomfortable.
If you cannot do something, be honest and say so. Ask for help from either management or a co-worker. Canadians appreciate honesty in the workplace to ensure safety and quality of work.
Try not to use your native language with co-workers who speak the same language. Because others do not understand what you are saying, it can seem rude, and it can make it hard to form relationships.
Many people have a business card showing their place of employment. In Canada, people are informal about handing them out. Do not be offended if someone only glances at your business card before putting it away.
Hours of Work
Usually you cannot choose the hours you work, and you must be present at work during the times your terms of employment specify. Do not be late! Being on time is very important in Canada.
If you are leaving a job, it is normal practice to submit a letter of resignation at least two weeks before your last day of work.
Most workplaces have a probationary period, which is usually the first three months in the job. During this time, the company decides whether you are suitable for the position, and you can decide if you want to continue with the company.
Deductions from your paycheque include Employment Insurance (EI), Canada Pension Plan (CPP), and income tax. These deductions go towards paying for services funded by the federal and provincial governments.
A union is a formal organization of workers who have joined together to protect their common interests and rights and to improve working conditions. Unions typically represent one place of employment (such as a retail store) or a specific type of worker (such as nurses). If your job is a union position, union dues are deducted from your paycheque and go towards paying for your member services in the union.