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Creating professional relationships Lesley Deugo, York Region Learning Connections

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Lesley Deugo is a Youth Outreach Worker for YorkYouth and Discover, at York Region Learning Connections in Richmond Hill. YorkYouth is a youth employment initiative delivered by the York Region District School Board, providing outreach and support in Southern York Region. For more information, visit

Everyone likes a good joke. But sometimes, they can go too far. At times, people may be offended by things that others say without anyone knowing. It is important to recognize the difference between good fun and inappropriate behavior in order to have valuable professional relationships. A professional relationship is essential to the advancement of any individual's career as it represents your overall professionalism when it comes to a workplace. To maintain a professional appearance, here are several tips to follow:
  1. Always dress appropriately for the office. You aren't going to a club or a party so remember to dress accordingly.

  2. Speak to your co-workers in an appropriate manner. Using slang terms, inappropriate language, and vulgar words is not acceptable in an office setting.

  3. Think before you speak. If you are in a situation where you feel you need to say something, always remember to think about what reactions may result from what you say.
  4. Discriminatory jokes have no place in the office.

  5. Respect the opinions and thoughts of others. Do not create tension between co-workers if you differ in opinion. It is important to accept differences in others.

By following these simple steps, creating a professional and appropriate relationship in your workplace is simple. If there is ever a point where you feel an inappropriate relationship is initiated or you feel discriminated against, see your human resources department as soon as possible.

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