Topic two – in the workplace
teacher's notes - general approach
When young people enter the workplace, they may meet difficulties
with the people who are in authority over them or with whom they
work, These may arise from the fact that, in most work places, the
emphasis is on getting the job done and satisfying the customer/client
rather than the employee. In school the pupils are the 'product',
the centre of attention. They may find it difficult to be treated
differently in the work situation.
Talk to them about the fact that relationships at work can often
be a challenge. You can sometimes get on very well outside work
but find that people are different or difficult when you have to
work with them. It also takes time and patience to learn how to
work together with complete strangers which you usually have to
do when you first go into the workplace.
The pupils will have experiences of working with others at school
or during activities outside school. When they first came to this
school they had to learn what was expected of them and how best
they could work with others including the staff. Encourage them
to draw on these memories as they consider the issues raised on
worksheet 4 (page 9) Difficult
It should also be remembered that they themselves could be considered
difficult! "When I point my finger at my neighbour,
there are three more pointing back at me." You could
suggest they try doing this to test the truth of the statement!
strategies: task one
Ask the pupils to think of the most difficult person they know
and, without mentioning names, elicit from them what makes them
so difficult and write these on the board.
The following tasks give a choice of approach.