No one started in any industry as a professional. Everyone had to work hard and put in a large amount of time and energy to be recognised as a professional in their industry. Other than hard work, their attitude is essential in aiding them to reach their goal. But what qualities should you have to be seen as a professional? Here are some dos and don’ts to show professionalism in your workplace.
Your first impression is usually set once you step outside of your own door. A crumpled shirt or even slippers can say a lot about you when you are going to work. Always make sure your shirt is ironed and wear work appropriate attire. If you are working in an office, ensure your attire is office appropriate. Your attire determines your professionalism and attitude towards your job.
There’s a reason why your teachers always punish you if you are late for school. Punctuality is a habit that speaks about your attitude. Being professional means being on time for work.
Be a fun person
Everyone loves a positive and fun colleague. It shows how well you are able to balance your life and happiness with work. Teambuilding events such as Combat Archery Tag that the company organises is a great place to show your fun and adventurous side. A well-balanced life would definitely show your professionalism in the workplace.
Don’t bring your bad-temper to work
No one wants to work with a bad-tempered person. Leave your temper at home, and always be courteous to your colleagues even when any problem arises. You will realise how professional you will actually seem to your colleagues at work, and you might even be closer to your colleagues!
Don’t be crude
It might be normal to be crude and swear with your friends outside of work, but when you are at your workplace, do minimise those swear words coming out from your mouth. Swear words not only make you seem unprofessional, but also unfriendly and rude. Keep your swear words till after work with your close friends, and you will definitely seem more professional.
Don’t try to hide your mistakes
Everyone appreciates an honest guy. If you made a mistake at work, always own up to your mistakes. However, try to minimize the mistakes you make or your superior might not like it!
Don’t gossip in the office
You might have a gossip you recently found out that you wanted to tell your colleague, but if you’re intending to say it in the office, think again. Although everyone seems to be minding his or her own business, the office is an enclosed space where every sound is amplified. So everyone is going to hear all the gossip, which you had intended to only tell that one colleague. For any gossips that you really want to tell your colleague, tell them after work to prevent anyone from eavesdropping on your conversation.