Professionalism can give you an advantage for success, promotion and career advancement.  We demonstrate our professionalism by the way we behave and interact at work.  How can you show your professionalism?  Here are 10 things to remember:

  1. Stay Positive

Leave your BAD MOOD at the door when you come to work.  Sometimes, we have days when we are not feeling our best.  Remember not to pass your negative feelings to others, especially your customers.

  1. Be Reliable

As a professional, people are putting their trust in you to get the job done.  So, stick to your COMMITMENTS.  Do not leave tasks hanging in the air. Complete your work with high quality.

  1. Organizational Skills

A professional can quickly and easily find what is needed.  Your work area should be neat and organized.  It shows you are IN CONTROL.

  1. Make it a Priority to be On Time

When you arrive late for work or meetings, it gives your boss and co-workers the impression that you do not care about them or your job.  It’s like saying you don’t VALUE THEIR TIME.  So, pay attention to the clock.

  1. Dress Appropriately

A professional is neat in appearance.  Pay special attention to your appearance when meeting with clients.  Clothes do not have to be expensive.  It just has to be NEAT and CLEAN.  An expensive but wrinkled suit looks no better than a ripped pair of jeans.

  1. Avoid Gossip / Do not Gossip

Talking about others makes you look weak and UNTRUSTWORTHY.  It also makes you look like you are still a student in school.  If people around you are gossiping, just excuse yourself from the conversation.

  1. Follow a Code of Ethics

A true professional is HONEST.  Even if your company or industry does not have a written code, you should display ethical behaviour at all times.  Dishonesty always makes you look bad.

  1. Take Accountability for Mistakes and Accept Feedback

Professionals are accountable for their actions at all times.  If you make a mistake, own up to it and try to fix it if possible.  Do not try to place the blame on a colleague.  Instead, ask for feedback, accept the feedback, and work to resolve the issue.  NEVER BLAME others for your errors.

  1. Be a Team Player

A true professional is willing to help his or her co-workers when they are overburdened or facing a challenge at work.  Be sensitive to your team members.  Also learn to ASK for HELP when you need to!

  1. Remain Clam

Staying clam is a sign of MATURITY.  You will inevitably have occasional disagreements with your co-workers or even your boss.  Don’t let yourself get angry.  You need to keep your calm, even during tense situations.

Remember, a lack of professionalism can have negative consequences on your job and life.

Taken from Harvard Business Review

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