We all know someone at work who does these things:
- Always 5 or 10 minutes late for work.
- On Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter every 20-30 minutes.
- Texting while in meetings.
- Contributor to the office gossip.
- Complaining about everything work-related
- Dressing like you are going out on the town.
- A bottle of perfume/cologne is never too far away.
So what do all of these things have in common? If you said “things NOT to do at work”, then you’re absolutely right!!!
Let’s be real, we know there are certain things you should and should not do in the workplace. But some people just don’t know right from wrong.
What does Being “Professional” Mean?
Just as there is an appropriate way to dress for work, there is an appropriate and professional way of behaving at work.
So what goes through people’s minds when they mention your name at work? If you don’t think it is something good, then it is time to make a change.
Think about it…have you ever heard of someone being demoted or losing their job for being too professional? Of course not!!!
Professionalism in the Workplace: 8 Tips to Maximize your Productivity
1. Be on Time
Showing up late for work or meetings can show that you don’t care about your job. Make sure you pay attention to the clock. This goes for start times and returning from your lunch break.
2. Dress Appropriately
For many jobs, workplace attire does not include wearing a suit and tie. When the dress code is business casual, make sure that you’re not being too relaxed. Your appearance should always be neat and clean.
3. Fight Fair
Disagreements with your co-workers or even your boss are going to happen. Don’t let yourself lose control. Screaming isn’t allowed, nor is name calling or door slamming.
4. Don’t Air Your Dirty Laundry
Talking to a close friend at work is usually okay. However, sharing too much information with the entire office isn’t. If you have to share your personal information, make sure it is done in private. Everyone in the office should not know your personal business.
5. Use Social Media with Caution
Believe it or not, you will be judged by what you say on social media. You really shouldn’t be whining about work, clients, colleagues or bosses on social media. Once it is out there, you can’t take it back.
6. Get your job done
The internet and smartphones make it easy to get distracted. You have to find a way to stay focused on your job. Creating a task list that you follow every day will help you become more productive. If you know you are easily distracted, do your best to avoid those things.
7. Avoid office politics and gossip
Office politics is a way of life as you climb the corporate ladder. Stay away from the office drama. Keeping away from the co-worker gossip will give you the professional reputation you want.
8. Be a resource
Pay attention in meetings. Be sure to read the company memo. If you stay on top of company information, then people will recognize you as a resource. They will respect your professional approach to your job.
Keeping a Professional Attitude Can Have Its Own Benefits
When you take a more professional attitude towards your job, you open up new opportunities. The benefits of being professional at work include raises, promotions, and recognition to name a few. You will also gain respect from your co-workers.
Always remember, there are millions of people unemployed and you can be replaced easily. Do everything that you can to prove your value.
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