How to Conduct Yourself at Work

Professionalism is defined as an individual’s conduct at work. In spite of the word’s root, this quality is not restricted to those in occupations we describe as “professions,” typically those that require a high level of education and have high earnings. Cashiers, maintenance workers and waitresses can demonstrate a high level of this trait, just like doctors, lawyers or engineers can display a low level of it, and vice versa.

As with good health, the absence of professionalism is usually more obvious than its presence. Who will notice whether you have this quality or not? Your boss and customers and co-workers will, and it can affect your ability to keep your job and advance in your career. So what can you do to make sure to exhibit professionalism or, at least, not show a lack of it? Follow these dos and don’ts:

Make Being on Time a Priority

Showing up late for work or meetings gives the impression that you don’t care about your job so make sure you pay attention to the clock.

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