How to Demonstrate Professionalism in the Workplace

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  • 0:03 Workplace Habits
  • 0:29 What Is Professionalism?
  • 1:35 Dressing Properly
  • 2:34 Proper Hygiene
  • 3:07 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Lesley King

Lesley has taught ESOL for many years, holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction, and a doctorate degree in Instructional Leadership.

In this lesson, you will learn tips for showing professionalism in the workplace. You will also learn how to avoid problems with co-workers and supervisors.

Workplace Habits

Are you a person who is very prompt, dependable, and friendly? If so, you are the total opposite of Ken! He likes to sleep in, so he is late for work a lot. Ken is always in a rush, so he does not always have time to shower or brush his hair. Yuck! Sadly, his boss finally had enough. Ken lost his job because he did not show professionalism in the work place. You can avoid being unprofessional by following the guidelines below.

What Is Professionalism?

Professionalism is following the rules, guidelines, duties, and responsibilities related to your job. The professional setting might be a bank, school, law office, or even a hospital. No matter where you work, it is very important to show a positive and well-kept image. This means that your hair and clothing will look neat, clean, and fresh. Additionally, speak to your co-workers and supervisors using correct and polite grammar. Always make decisions that are honest and in the best interest of the job. Never make decisions based on personal feelings!

Always show up to work before or at the required time. If poor Ken had been on time to work, he may still have a job. Being late to work can cause problems for others who need you, and it is a sign of disrespect. It can also lead to job loss and negative opinions from others. It is a good practice to be early for meetings and participate on committees to show your interest in being a dedicated employee. When you have a meeting, make sure that your cellular phone is on silent. Never answer a call during any type of meeting! If there is an emergency, quietly excuse yourself, and use the phone away from the meeting.

Dressing Properly

Another way to show professionalism in the workplace is by following the dress code.Dress codes can be found in the employee handbook. This includes the types of clothing, uniforms, and shoes that are acceptable. Some organizations may also address jewelry and personal cleanliness. This is to make sure that you fit the image that they would like to portray. Please stay away from showing cleavage, or skin in the chest area, whether you are male or female. In other words, do not wear low cut shirts or shirts that show the stomach area.

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