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Keep it professional

August 1, 2012
Tyler Star News

Professionalism in the workplace is vital when performing any job. No matter what employment situation one may work in, there are certain standards of behavior that either enhance or detract from the productivity of the overall working environment. This is true for the journalist, the school teacher, the construction worker, the police officer, or the restaurant server. Across the board, the standards of professional behavior are the same.

Some basic rules of professional behavior in the workplace are simple:

Competency - Know your job, and perform your job to the best of your ability.

Reliability - Be dependable. Meet deadlines. Shoulder responsibility.

Honesty - Be truthful and upfront. Own your mistakes. Earn a reputation for trustworthiness.

Integrity - Stand up for your principles. Be fair. Be consistent.

Respect for others - Interact with others in a respectful manner that speaks well of you, your work, and your place of employment.

Be positive - Bring an upbeat attitude to your workplace. Be a part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Listen carefully - Pay attention to what others say. Share ideas and listen closely to those you interact with daily. Good communication skills are an invaluable asset.

By practicing simple professional techniques employees can enhance the work environment and establish a postive foundation that benefits both employees and employers in workplace interactions.

In any type of employment situation, behavior is key to your success or failure in the workplace. Each of us is subject to judgments in our jobs. and are answerable to employers. Keep it professional. Set a high standard for yourself. Your viability as an employee may well depend on it.

 
 

 

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