Being professional at work signals your success.
‘Professionalism: it is NOT the job you DO. It’s how you DO the job.’ –Anonymous.
Most of you never know the true meaning of professionalism. You think doing your work from morning to evening is being professional at work. It is not.
I went to my bank the other day. I wanted to clarify a doubt and was directed to one counter. But I had my worst experience there. The girl in the counter was eagerly talking in the mobile. She looked at me and continued talking.
I waited patiently for 5 minutes. I could see the girl was in a personal call. I could wait no longer. I tapped at the counter to attract the girl’s attention.
I could see that the girl was furious with me for disturbing her.
‘Will you please clarify my doubt’ I asked her
She looked coldly at me without a smile. She answered me with her mobile glued to her ears.
Unprofessionalism to the core.
Being professional at work means different things. It distinguishes you from others in a very positive way.
Professionalism is the core to your success in work place. When you are professional at work it gives you a cutting edge above others. You get into the good books of the management with effortless ease.
TOP 10 WAYS TO BE PROFESSIONAL AT WORK – PRACTICAL TIPS
1. BE PUNCTUAL
Punctuality is the hallmark of being professional at work. Do not cite traffic jam and justify your late coming. It is a lame excuse. Plan your time before you start from home.
Keep your things ready the day before. This saves you valuable time.
Get up early in the morning.
Do your work at a steady pace.
Do not get embroiled in family arguments before starting for work. It spoils your mood throughout the day.
Start at least 1\2 hour before time.
Arrive in your work place dot on time. Your punctuality is always watched by the management. So also your persistent late coming.
2. FOLLOW RULES AND REGULATIONS
Follow the rules and regulations laid by the management. Do not break rules thinking you are not watched. You are observed and noticed.
Do you follow rules only when the boss is around?
Do you break rules when he is not there?
You are being unprofessional. When you work in a company you should follow the rules whether the boss is there or not.
3. WORK WITH 100% DEDICATION
Be sincere to your work. Do not do your work halfheartedly. Be on time for team meetings and discussions. Have a notepad with you.
Taking notes during meetings shows that you are interested in your work. Goes very well with the management.
Do not do your work mechanically and routinely. Keep on improvising your work. Update your knowledge about your job. Work sincerely and with dedication. Be a 100% professional at work. You easily move up the ladder of success.
4. NEVER INDULGE IN OFFICE POLITICS
There are politics everywhere. It is in your work place also. Never get involved in them. Do not form a gang to seclude colleagues you dislike. Never ever back bite about your colleagues or boss.
Do not put on an act of servility before your boss. When you are absolutely professional in work you are respectful, firm and assertive in his presence also.
5. BE SMILING AND FRIENDLY
Your colleagues like you when you are smiling and friendly. Friendliness does not mean visiting their cabin often. Do not ever do that. You should never enter the cabin of your colleague’s unwantedly. Do not disturb their work in any way.
Do you face a bully in your workplace?
He makes you feel oppressive and tense.
Do you want to retaliate back with vengeance?
That is being unprofessional. Maintain a respectful distance from him, but never fear him.
6. BE READY TO HELP
You should help your colleagues. They might have doubts about their work. When you have the know-how you should willingly help them.
Most of you think helping your colleagues can delay your success as they too become proficient. Not at all.
When you help them you learn many precious lessons to do your work better. You improve your expertise and knowledge. You become highly efficient in your work. Your image as a helping colleague boosts up your image and comes in good stead in your promotion.
7. BE ACCOUNTABLE
Have you done a mistake?
Do you hide behind the facade of ‘my bad time’?
When you own up your mistakes, you come out as a truly professional person. It is after all human to make mistakes and there is nothing wrong in admitting it. Be accountable to your mistakes.
8. BE FIRM AND CONFIDENT
Are you meek and submissive?
Do you fear talking about the true problems in your project?
Never be so.
Be bold to speak out your thoughts.
When in a meeting your voice should be firm and assertive. Your eyes should not focus on one single person. Include everyone when you talk by moving your eyes over each one of them. Put forward your thoughts with precision and accuracy. Do not sound too eager to please. Do not also sound aloof as if you do not care.
9. TAKE CRITICISM POSITIVELY
Do you fear criticisms about you?
Do you get cowed down and low when others criticize you?
You are not professional in work.
Criticisms actually prod you to do your work differently and efficiently. Realize that unless your mistakes are pointed you will never understand where you went wrong. So take criticisms in a true spirit. Like a true professional rectify the mistakes.
10. BE WELL-GROOMED
It is the most crucial aspect of being professional at work. Your appearance is noticed by your management\colleagues\customers.
You should follow the dress code of the company.
No funky hairstyles. Definitely no tattoos. No T-shirts with meaningless words.
You should look neat and impeccable. When you earn lots of money invest some in good clothes and shoes. It is actually an investment to your success.
Do you possess all these qualities?
A ‘yes’ means you are a total professional at work. But if you say ‘no’ it is time you change and adapt these behavioral needs to become a valuable contributor to your company.