In this recourse, it will go into detail on why it is your duty to act responsibly and work in an efficient manner within any workplace.

Acting responsibly can include being aware of an upcoming shift you have, having good communication within your team, follow relevant business policies, understanding your job description, acting in a non-discriminatory manner, have knowledge about the products your business makes or sells, maintaining personal presentation standards and following routine instructions.


Job Descriptions

A job description outlines the key components, responsibilities and expectations of a particular position. Each job within the business should have a job description which clearly outlines these properties.

The company you work for should have provided a copy of your job description when you first start. If you do not have one, you should also be able to get a copy from the Human Resources department or your manager.

Below is an example of a job description for a Floor Supervisor in an abattoir:


Personal Presentation & Hygiene

In many businesses, large and small, the personal presentation of their workers and managers should be of the highest standard. An employee with poor personal hygiene/presentation reflects on the business and can affect their coworkers and any customers that surround them.

To prevent poor hygiene many businesses including abattoirs have uniform and grooming standards which need to be followed in order to give the best impression to not only their customers, but to their community. This can vary with each industry but for example, an abattoir’s personal presentation standard may include wearing the appropriate uniform and keeping their hair and facial hair well groomed with fragrances being kept to a minimum.

Other examples of personal presentation include:

  • Appearance should be neat and tidy.
  • No bad body odour or heavy fragrances.
  • Uniform or clothing must be washed regularly.
  • Take a shower or bath daily.
  • Have clean hands and fingernails.
  • Hair is neatly groomed and facial hair is tidy.
  • Brushing your teeth regularly and being careful of bad breath.
  • The style of clothing that you wear is appropriate for the industry you work in.


Following Instructions

Instructions are important for any business to run with ease. When starting your career you are usually receiving instructions rather than giving instructions. Instructions are usually received from supervisors, customers, suppliers, trainers and authority figures. Instructions can either be relayed to you verbally or through a document such as a manual.

If you are in a junior position or inexperienced in the task you are being asked to complete, take extra care. When receiving the instructions from a supervisor, team leader or manager it is important to ask questions or ask for a demonstration if you are not certain of what it is you are being asked to do. It is important to understand what is being relayed to you, if you misunderstand some instructions it could potentially lead into a problem for the business.

When performing tasks you may run out of time or need to prioritise another task, which is okay. Supervisors need to be made aware of any tasks that are left uncomplete, this ensures the supervisor will delegate it to another coworker to help you finish the task.