To ensure a good working climate it is necessary to set limits. Even for the apprentices. It is necessary to let apprentices know what desirable, appropriate or inappropriate behaviour is.
Define desirable and appropriate behaviour, but also inappropriate behaviour.
Inappropriate behaviour can be:
- Verbal harassment, such as name-calling regarding a physical attribute (size, weight, wearing glasses)
- Gossip, such as spreading rumours about a person
- Unwanted physical contact
Do not forget that inappropriate behaviour can lead to safety problems. Let the apprentices know about inappropriate behaviour and its consequences.
These forms of inappropriate behaviour can certainly be considered serious:
The criminal act can be theft, harassment, beating, etc. You need to realize that you do not have the authority to legally deal with criminal behaviour. In the case of crime, call the police and ask for help.
Drugs are unfortunately becoming more and more of a problem in youth culture. There can be problems regarding drug addiction or drug dealing. If you experience such a problem, you need to find help.
Information about drugs can be found on the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction’s web page.