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The Positive Impacts of Workplace Professionalism

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  • 0:03 You're Hired!
  • 1:22 What Is Professionalism?
  • 2:22 Importance of Professionalism
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Instructor: Rachel Shipley

Rachel has worked with several businesses developing policies on customer experience and administration.

In this lesson, we'll discuss in detail the positive impacts of professionalism in the workplace. We'll also discover why it's imperative that you put your best foot forward from day one.

You're Hired!

You've just landed the big job, and you are excited about the fresh start and opportunity this new position has to offer. You must have done a great job in your interview. Minty breath, firm handshake, freshly pressed clothes, the works. Stomach butterflies are normal when starting out on a new venture, but what have you done to prepare yourself to make a positive first impression? How do you want to distinguish yourself and be known by management and your colleagues as being professional?

These are important questions to ask yourself when preparing to start a new job or position. Meeting someone for the first time is a moment that you won't have the opportunity to do over again. It is imperative to go into new social and professional settings with the understanding that both you and your colleagues will be forming your thoughts about each other. Putting your best foot forward is a very important step to your success.

Let's fast forward a bit. There are many lessons that will discuss suggestions to prepare yourself for your professional first impression; however, what we are going to dive deeper into today are the positive results that occur when you and your colleagues are in an environment that values workplace professionalism. We're talking big picture here. But first, let's take a quick look at professionalism and what it means before we get into the impacts it has on the workplace.

What Is Professionalism?

Can you recall a time when you worked somewhere or were a customer in a place of business where the environment was unprofessional? Take a moment to reflect on what that looked like? What made you think the place or people were unprofessional? How did it make you feel? What were your takeaways when you left that situation?

Being professional is more than just saying the right things and crossing your Ts and dotting your Is. You don't have to be a robot to be seen as being professional. You are unique, so celebrate that and share what makes you special with your team; just be cautious and self-aware about how people will perceive what you say and do.

Professionalism's definition is broad in nature because it can be interpreted in many different ways. It may mean dressing for success, having advanced degrees or certificates, or going above and beyond at your job. Professionalism covers all of those characteristics, but is so much more than that as well.

Simply put, professionalism is simply a trait that is greatly valued in the workplace.

Importance of Professionalism

Let's list the reasons and discuss each of the positive impacts your workplace enjoys when professionalism is a top priority:

Professionalism in the workplace:

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