What is Professionalism?

Positivity and Professionalism

Professionalism – The skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well

Definition provided by Webster’s Dictionary

The term professionalism is commonly used when referring to work settings.

We often hear people discuss the importance of maintaining a professional attitude in the workplace.  After all, your workplace attitude reflects your company, position, and self.

Regardless of your company rank, daily responsibilities, salary, or any other external circumstance, your attitude will define your character.

However, professionalism is not limited to your attitude in the workplace.

Professionalism, or a lack thereof, will determine your attitude on life, in general.  Your attitude carries the most weight and speaks louder than all other outside factors.

Your reputation is what others perceive you to be, while your character represents who you truly are and what you stand for.  That being said, your attitude is what ultimately defines your character.

Though others can judge or label you based on your attitude, the opinions of others do not dictate what is there or who you are.  Your attitude can not be negotiated nor compromised.  It belongs to you and only you.

You define your attitude, just as your attitude defines you.

In my next post, we’ll explore this subject on a deeper level.  Specifically, we’ll concentrate on the importance of professionalism in the workplace.

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

-John Wooden

Professionalism in the Workplace

Positivity and Professionalism

Professionalism – The skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well

Workplace – The place where one is employed or customarily does one’s work; one’s office, laboratory, etc.

Definitions provided by Webster’s Dictionary

Every company possess its share of imperfections.  No business can boast of 100% employee satisfaction.  No company can avoid employee disgruntling and turnover.

All positions entail their share of unpleasant duties.

While some employees enjoy their jobs and are passionate about them, others hold significant distaste for their professions.

Regardless of whether you love your occupation, can barely tolerate it, or somewhere in between, one thing is for certain.

You are guaranteed to fall on troubling times and endure difficult days.

One should refrain from setting the unrealistic goal of enjoying a flawless work presence.  It is simply not possible to completely avoid bad days at one’s place of employment.

As the old saying goes, “You take the good with the bad.”

Instead, it is how one handles a difficult workday that defines his or her character.

As noted in previous posts, it is important to halt and manage negative thoughts before they accumulate and, ultimately, consume your mind.

If unable to control negative thoughts once they’ve sneaked in, your infected mood will be revealed in your work.

Your submitted results will indicate a lack of professionalism, thus diminishing your character and damaging your reputation.

It is a very dangerous domino affect that must be avoided.

Regardless of what is thrown your way over the course of your workday, it is imperative to maintain a positive attitude.

Your attitude will be reflected in your work.  A positive attitude will promote a professional mindset, which is essential while handling projects and working with people.

The goal is not to be perfect.  Nobody is perfect.

The goal is to remain aware of your attitude.  Attitude dictates character and, ultimately, impacts performance.

Your best performance will yield quality work.  Quality work reflects professionalism.

Positivity and Professionalism: Professionalism in the Workplace