STAFF/STUDENTS RELATIONSHIP IN A TERTIARY INSTITUTION
The interactions that take place among people in any setting be it social or business is referred to as human relations. Human relations itself is an aspect of organizational behaviour. Human relations can be described as the study of group behavior for the purpose of improving interpersonal relationships among people. It is a study of how humans relate to one another.
Oganizational behaviour according to Robbins (1996) is a field of study that investigates the impact of individuals, groups, and structure on behavior within organizations for the purpose of applying such knowledge towards improving an organization’s effectiveness. If we adopt this as a working definition, it then means that the essence of this lecture is to know those things that we need to do as individuals to move the polytechnic effectively and efficiently forward.
The scope of this lecture is however limited to our discussing the ideal relationship that should exist between us staff, and students in a tertiary institution.
Human psychology says that every action of man is purposive. There is this belief that behaviour is not random, meaning that it is caused and directed toward some end that the individual believed, rightly and wrongly, is in his or her best interest. Behaviour generally is predictable if we know how one perceives a situation and what is important to him or her. While people’s behavior may not appear to be rational to an outsider, there is reason to believe it usually is intended to be rational and it is seen as rational by those who put up such behaviours. An observer often sees behavior as nonrational because the observer does not have access to the same information or does not perceive the environment in the same way as the actor.
Achilike, Odah and Nwiwu (2012) stated that etiquette of business is the set of written and unwritten rule of conduct that makes social interactions run more smoothly. Business etiquette implies that in practice, the behaviour of an individual must be acceptable to those he/she interacts with. The critical key to success in business depends mostly on the relationship exhibited by everyone. Such a relationship must be properly set out in order to achieve both organizational and personal objectives. It is important to state here that impressions matter a lot whether they are first, second or last. It is said that one is addressed the way he/she is dressed. Sell yourself cheaply to students and they will help you to get yourself properly debased. Conduct yourself below the generally acceptable standard of behavior within the institution especially as it concerns students and you will regret every bit of your action. This Polytechnic reacts appropriately to both ethical and unethical behaviours.
We believe that you all have individually taken up your new appointment with your different values, attitudes and expectations which will drive your behaviours in our organizational environment – the Polytechnic. Acceptable work ethics in a tertiary institution such as ours demand that staff/students relationship should be such that will facilitate learning, research and exchange of ideas. Organizations are bothered because of the differential roles which staff and students play in work places, and which gives staff power over students. Some staff abuse this positional power by their actions and inactions.
Our daily bread 2014 annual edition for Tuesday, February 4, reads as follows:
“Eighty-five years ago, Hungarian author Frigyes Karinthy wrote a short story he call “Chain-Links,” in which he proposed the idea that any two individuals in the world are connected through, at most, five acquaintances. The thesis has been revived today and is usually described as “Six Degrees of Separation.” It’s an unproven theory, of course. But there is a dynamic at work that links us to others around the world. It is the wisdom and providence of God working through His Word to accomplish His will.
Some year ago, I received a letter from a man whom I had never met telling me that a note I had sent to a nearby friend had found its way to him, and it had encouraged him in a time of weariness and dark despair. The friend to whom I had sent the note sent it to a friend, who, in turn, sent it to a friend, and so on, until it was sent to the man who wrote to me.
It may be that a simple word offered in love, guided by the wisdom of God, and borne aloft on the wings of the Spirit will have eternal consequences in someone’s life.
Should we not then fill ourselves with God’s Word and pass it on to others with the prayer that God will use it for His intended purposes? (Isa.55:11).
Do a deed of simple kindness,
Though its end you may not see,
It may reach, like widening ripples,
Down a long eternity – Norris.”
ACCEPTABLE ETHICAL CONDUCTS
The following are considered acceptable ethical conducts for staff towards students:
a. maintaining an appropriate physical and emotional distance from students;
b. refraining from exchanging personal contact details with students;
c. refraining from divulging official secrets to students; including giving them official
d. obeying the rules and regulations of the Polytechnic.
UNACCEPTABLE ETHICAL CONDUCTS
The under listed are also considered unacceptable ethical conducts:
a. one-on-one meetings with students after working hours in the office or at home;
b. engaging in conduct of a sexual nature with a student whom one is teaching or
c. engaging in exploitative dealings with a student whom one is teaching or
d. discussing details of ones intimate and sensitive personal matters with students;
e. borrowing and/or accepting money or gifts from students;
f. threating or causing students and making them feel unsafe in anyway; and
g. exhibiting any behaviour that could make students feel offended, humiliated and
You will enjoy your career in this Polytechic if only you will advise yourself to stay out of trouble by conducting yourself very well in all your deeds.