Whether you are a self employed businessman or a pay roll employee, you are always expected to be professional at work. Professionalism is a prerequisite irrespective of the type and kind of work. To be professional, you must have a positive behavior and avoid negativity. The set of behavioral traits thereby can be categorized as:
Interpersonal Behavior: While interacting with others within your department as well as interdepartmental, you must give others respect and be approachable. This includes:
- Be courteous and well mannered.
- Be punctual.
- Be trustworthy and confidential, whenever required.
- Be fair and unbiased.
- Analyze the situation and do the needful.
- Take feedbacks and criticism positively.
- Handle situations with empathy and condolence.
- Collaborate and co-operate with others, don’t panic on others’ mistakes.
- Be a good listener and accept your mistakes.
- Use common and understandable language and words.
Answerability and Integrity: Take ownership of your work and actions. Being responsible will earn you trust and respect from others, and your decisions will be more confident and acceptable. You thus need to analyze the consequences of your conduct and behave accordingly:
- Be honest, even if it costs you higher.
- Stand by your commitments and promises.
- Keep transparency and a complete communication.
- Follow the company’s norms.
- Delegate work/responsibilities and let others also get fair chances.
- Follow a fair and healthy competition.
- Prepare well for all your projects/presentation in advance and be analytical.
- Don’t filter/hide facts and keep others informed with relevant updates.
- Be presentable.
- Be fair and dedicated at work; take onus of your responsibilities.
- Practice self control and avoid loosing temper in public.
- Avoid any sort of conflict and argument either orally or in terms of interest.
Quality Oriented: As a professional you are always expected to give in your 100% efforts and bring out quality performance. Thereby you must:
- Aim at giving the best efforts.
- Make optimum use of resources.
- Focus on your strong points, and try to take advice or support at the things you are not so good at instead of experimenting with them.
- Don’t make false promises and too hypothetical estimations; be rational.
Farsightedness: As a professional you are expected to be aware of the market situations & trends, and capable of anticipating the future consequences thereby:
- Be analytical in your approach.
- Keep learning and developing new skills and trends.
- Consider the aftereffects of your decisions.
- Consider taking other’s wise advices as well.
Be Fair: As a professional you are required to be fair in your dealing and decisions:
- Don’t consider personal opinions at work.
- Must not be self-centered.
- Share with others, be it information, credit for success or delegation of work/responsibilities.
- Delegate work according to eligibility.
- Encourage other’s ideas and views.
Be a Learner: Perfection has no limit, no use every experience to infer learning from there. As a true learner invite good knowledge and suggestions from every one and every where:
- Participate in professional seminars to learn new skills and trends.
- Volunteer for relevant projects and worthy communities.
- Build yourself relevant networks.
- Invite feedbacks and suggestions (even from your juniors).