NAPW Feature Story: How Suite It Is – Workplace Professionalism
You arrive on time. Your appearance is impeccable. Your work is outstanding. Think you’re professional? Think again. Depending on where you work, employer expectations regarding workplace professionalism can vary widely. Yet, in order to make it into the upper office suite, you MUST be professional. How do you know what that means? Let’s take a look…
It’s been said that integrity means doing the right thing even though no one is watching. And, you can also add, without being told. Your willingness to “go the extra mile” for your employer, commitment to improve your performance and dedication to the bigger picture of your employer’s success enhance your credibility and prove your integrity.
If you’re really sick, then call in sick. Do not lie! It will come back to haunt you and you’ll lose the respect of your manager and co-workers. After all, if you lie about that, what else do you lie about? If you need time off, take a personal or vacation day.
In All Fairness
Disagreements in the workplace are bound to happen from time to time. Yes, you may believe that your way of doing things is better than a co-workers, but name calling or foot stomping will leave you looking like a spoiled child. Simply state your case, why you feel strongly about it and walk away. If your boss chooses to proceed in another direction, so be it. You’ve shown her that you are a fair team member, and next time, your suggestions might be implemented.
From the C-Suite, cubicle set and receptionist to building employees, suppliers and clients, treating everyone the same – showing respect – proves you are not – let’s just say it frankly – full of yourself and simply pandering to upper management. Treating everyone with the same respect you wish to be treated showcases your integrity and willingness to be an integral part of your organization’s team.
Everyone is busy, busy, busy at work – not just you! So, stop wasting time. Arriving late to meetings, being unprepared and checking your smartphone shows your lack of respect for your co-workers and their time. It demeans the value of your team and shows your lack of respect for yourself as a professional. So, if you’re running late, do the right thing and say so; it shows you care and that you handle situations professionally.
Okay. You made a mistake. You’re human! Own up to it. It only serves to prove to your co-workers and management that you have the confidence and dignity to say you made an error without blaming others or passing the buck. You’ll be surprised how supportive your colleagues can be in situations like this. And, yes, one day, you can return the favor.
Everyone’s contribution to your company’s success matters. Taking credit for others’ ideas, work or suggestions ruins your reputation and compromises your ethics. It lets your team know that you are not someone who can be trusted; ultimately, hindering everyone’s overall achievement. And, yes, they are well aware of what you just did! So, give credit where it’s due, and you’ll see how fast you are respected as a leader with proper ideals, values and ethics.
Here’s to workplace professionalism – how sweet it is!
We want to hear from you! How do you maintain workplace professionalism?