That's something I just can't get my head around with new employees. New permanent ones should be looking to make an impression and agency ones should be doing everything they can to encourage us to keep them as long as is possible but instead its the new ones that get out of their vans and gob on the floor or avoid wearing hairnets etc. At least the longer-term employees can put their negative traits down to complacency!
Problem is without the powers from above disciplining- or even leading by example half the time- members of staff then QA don't have a chance. I myself run a two-man department (the number two is currently learning the job and we're still moulding him to think like a technical person) and we can't spend all day chasing people to wear hairnets and wash their hands.
If anyone knows a way to present a case for a change of culture or a way of suggesting it to the top then please help!!
Agreed. I mean, I've had new hires come to orientation wearing clothing that goes against our GMP policies. Naturally, it's not a food safety issue as they were not going into the facility at all, but maybe it's just how I was raised or my own personal beliefs, but a tank top and shorts is not appropriate attire while you're still making an impression. Maybe they have the mindset of, "I'm not actually working yet," or "I already got the job," but that's something we need to crack down on and really emphasize to HR that new hires should arrive in work-ready attire to get them "used to it," in a sense. Our workplace attire for working in the facility is quite simple: no jewelry, employees must wear closed-toe shoes (boots, sneakers, etc.) in good condition, pants (no shorts or capris, and the pants can be jeans), shirts with sleeves (short-sleeved t-shirts minimum) and hair covering by way of a hat or hairnet (or both in exposed product areas) and that's just about the basics. I mean, that's basically the common attire for anyone walking on the street.
QA can't spend their entire day watching people, so one would definitely need managerial assistance on the floor for GMP inspections on a regular basis. Communicate with management, "I just saw John Doe wearing earrings and I told him to remove them. Please make sure he is not wearing them after already being spoken to." Something along those lines, but one would also need management trust and commitment to actually notice and further police any subsequent deviations.