Last week, I offered a primer with tips for the first-time, part-time summer job worker. We covered how to shut off your phone, your clothing and the fact that, against all logic, you will probably be expected to wear shoes.

Yes, it’s been pointed out to me that the people who work for Google may not have to wear shoes but that doesn’t qualify as a first job and it’s certainly not part-time summer work. For those of you just entering the job market, you may battle two thousand applicants for a single job opening at Google later in life and more power to you. Just be aware that you may lose your shoes in the fray.

This week let’s look at how to behave in a work environment.

Sitting and Standing

If you’ve scored a job at any active work environment outside an office, it’s not usually appropriate to sit down. Go ahead, roll your eyes, but unless invited by your employer to have a seat, don’t sit. If you haven’t been directed to do anything for the moment, avoid flopping down on the closest place to sit; just stand around close to the work being done as if you are ready for the next task.

The boss, seeing you standing, may think, “Oh great, I’m paying, and they’re standing around; better get them something to do.” But when the boss sees you sitting, they conclude, “I’m paying, and they’re sitting around like my kids.”

For the sake of making a good visual impression, try not to stand around with your hands at your sides. Venture a pose like putting your hands on your hips or in your back pockets. Pay attention so that it doesn’t look like you’re daydreaming. This gives the impression that you’re part of the project and not a bystander who is there for a look-see. It’s body language that says you’re alert and interested in the job.

Employers like to think you’re interested or, hopefully, excited to be part of their team. It helps them validate their own questionable decisions to invest everything they have into a risky venture that they were warned would ruin them — often by their own parents. They don’t need to look at the 15-year-old they just hired to be reminded that they are but one bad decision away from debtors’ prison. On the other hand, if the business is going gangbusters, they don’t need a teenage employee bringing down the level of energy in the workplace.

One last word on sitting down on the job: If, after standing around looking interested, your are ignored, for heaven’s sake, don’t lie down, ever. I wouldn’t bring it up but the last guy I hired filled a lull in the workday by assuming the prone position, to my absolute astonishment.

Lunch and Quitting Time

Find out how long lunch break lasts. Get back on time. Don’t invite friends over to the jobsite for lunch or a visit, and please don’t come back from your lunch break and then eat lunch on the job between tasks (this from a recent experience).

Avoid asking your boss or fellow employees for the time, and don’t ask to get off sooner than quitting time. This is a job, not Saturday morning home chores.

General Considerations

Don’t hurt yourself or anyone else, especially by doing something stupid. Stupid can be defined as an action that, after it’s done and posted on YouTube, everyone comments, “Boy, that was stupid!” Refer to “fail” videos on YouTube if you need clarification.

Don’t lie about your experience. If you don’t know how to do something, ask for instructions. It’s hard to be humble but, ultimately, it’s better to be considered inexperienced than a lying blow-hard.

Finally, if the work does not captivate your interest and the only positive aspect is getting paid, find another job. This is not the job you’ve been looking for. In the meantime, pretend you can do the work cheerfully without poisoning the work environment for the others. It’s just the decent thing to do.

If you’ve never been employed, find a job that only lasts a day or two or one where you come in once a week. That way you can recover from the shock of having to work and you can ponder how it is the world came to this point where most of us work for a living. Good luck.