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Understanding your company's policies

In addition to teaching Graphic Design and computer software, The Art Institute of Phoenix prepared people to get, and keep, a job in the industry. So, there has always been an emphasis placed on professionalism. And that means showing students how to step back and see the bigger picture. If you are one of those people who are always confused by your company's policies, about drug use, or sexual harassment, or, well, just plain not doing your work, you are in trouble. It's time for you to understand.

The most important thing to understand is that policies protect the company. It may seem cruel and heartless on the part of the company, but if your behavior is going to place them at a risk of an expensive lawsuit, they will move quickly to eliminate you. Yes, I know that in the United States you are innocent until proven guilty, but if you are accused of doing something that is against company policy, don't be surprised if your company suspends you until they get all of the facts. If you are innocent, it will be a hassle, but you will be able to go back to work. If you are guilty, you have made a mistake, and the company will be glad to be rid of you.

If you don't like your company policies, you can start your own company with no rules. Employees can come and go as they please, do drugs, do sexual harassment, etc. But it probably won't last. See what I mean?

As I often said in my classes, don't let someone with less talent take a job away from you just because they can show up for work on time. Understand your company's policies, and you will be successful. It's as simple as that. Really.