Our workplace success relies on much more than simply fulfilling the requirements of our job description. “Professionalism,” is a valuable trait, and its basic tenets can be applied to any job in any field. I really want to truly excel not just in my job but also as a contributing member of my organizational culture.
The first practices part of my personal conduct code is being punctual. Arriving on time at work and for meetings demonstrates commitment to my job. Chronic lateness, meanwhile, is a blatant show of disrespect for my coworkers, superiors and entire to the organization. I always keep an eye on the clock both at the start of the day and during our break to make sure I arrive and return on time.
Second is keeping positive. Bad days. I bet everyone has them. But bringing my bad attitude into work not only reflects poorly on me but also accomplishes nothing. I resist the urge to take out my bad feelings on others and instead commit to check my own attitude at the door. I sometimes focus my energy on the positive sides. Every time I doubted myself, I always ask myself a question: what can I do to make a bad situation better?
Third is dressing the job I want. I always heard the expression, “Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have.” Even if I’am happy in my job it’s still important to look your best. This doesn’t necessarily mean wearing a suit, but it does mean looking neat, clean and well-groomed at all times. Practice good hygiene and avoid overly casual wardrobe pieces, such as shorts and flip flops. The main goal is to look professional.
Fourth is lending a Hand. The stereotypical “dog eat dog” office environment has been replaced by cultures which value collaboration beyond all else. If my coworker needs help with a project, offer to pitch in. I will always remember that the accomplishments of my colleagues also reflect well on myself and my entire organization.
Fifth is to listen up. Just as I should be willing to share my knowledge and talents with my coworkers, I should be equally receptive to the contributions of others and after them. The expression “many hands make light work,” holds true in the workplace for those willing to accept the assistance of others.