Many people may agree that in order to reach true success, one must encase professionalism in their work life. Now there are many definitions of what it means to be professional: Having advanced degrees or other certifications, dressing appropriately at work, going to meetings on time, exhibit honesty and integrity, having a strong work ethic, keeping a clean workspace etc.

For myself, to be professional means all of the above; a professional is the “perfect image” of what you should be in the workplace. I have come to the realization that there are individuals in a professional atmosphere that simply do not understand what it means to be professional. For this I have to ask myself: Do they intentionally act this way? Do they understand how one should act in the workplace? Has anyone ever explained to them how to carry their self in the work environment? The questions go on and on but the answers remain simple.

I have personally found that it is often the case that people have never been told how to carry themselves in the workplace. For that reason, I have decided to create this blog to help those who lack guidance in the workplace.

The following qualities and traits are what business leaders expect out of their employees:

  1. Professionals don’t make excuses, but focus on finding solutions
  2. They keep their word and can be trusted implicitly because of this.
  3. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, just admit to it and move on.
  4. Be polite and well-spoken when you’re interacting with anyone.
  5. Be on TIME; if you know you are going to be late let people know in advance.
  6. Don’t rely on others to do all of the work, contribute to the common goal.
  7. A professional is neat in appearance especially when meeting with prospects or clients.
  8. Eliminate drama from your professional life, those who interact with you will appreciate it.
  9. If you are unsure about something, ask someone who knows the answer, don’t make assumptions!
  10. When using social media, apply wisdom.

Professionalism in the workplace boils down to treating others the way you want to be treated. It is also about being diligent in every task you do. Do your best and those around you will notice!