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                                             Do the Right Thing

Employers expect employees to do “the right thing” in every situation. They say that being successful at work depends on how well workers are able to judge what “the right thing” is. Good judgment is more important to them than how well employees apply their job skills. The “right thing” is often referred to as “a mature attitude” toward work.

Mature and immature points of view are given below. Look at each pair of attitudes and discuss with a classmate how a worker with an immature attitude could run into problems at work.

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Mature Points of View

A.  The day ends when the work is done.

B.  Give a full day’s work for a full day’s pay.

C.  “Do-overs” are expected until the final product is approved by the supervisor.

D.  Handle no personal business at work.

E.  Employees are expected to fit in.

F.  Raises are based on exceptional performance.

Immature Points of View

A.  The day ends at a designated time.

B.  My company expects too much.

C.  The supervisor should do the work himself if he doesn’t like the way I do it.

D.  When can you do your personal business if you’re always at work?

E.  The company should let me do things my way.

F.   Everyone deserves a raise every year just for doing the work.


1. Would a supervisor consider your attitudes toward work to be “mature” or “immature”?

2. What can you do to change any immature attitudes that might cause you difficulties at work? 

3.  What do you think the employer meant by the following statement: “You really get smart when you start understanding how much you don’t know.” 

4.  Why do you think “not knowing what you don’t know” might create problems for a new worker?