If you’ve never uttered those words, count yourself lucky and take the rest of this blog off. For the remainder of you – read carefully. If you’re truly unhappy with your job, first consider that it may not be the right job or even the right career-path for you (more on this in a later blog).
For those of you having a bad day, working in a toxic environment or perhaps just clocking in for a paycheck there are ways to make life smoother. When things get rough at work we tend to give less than our best which is troublesome because honestly, we owe it to our workplace to give our best each and every day, in fact, we’re paid to do so.
So what does professionalism mean? (And yes, you can be professional without being in an actual profession.)
- Show up on time, leave on time, do your best in-between.
- Dress and groom yourself appropriately. Keep your work area neat.
- Treat everyone with respect and courtesy. Don’t gossip. Keep your mood stable.
- Augment your job-related skills and knowledge to improve your performance.
- Complete assignments in a timely fashion, move onto the next one.
- If you make a mistake, be the first person to acknowledge it and bring a solution with you.
You’ll notice only half of those requirements deal with your job and the other half deal with you personally – so success really is in your hands. Who knows, your boss may reward your professionalism and your job from hell might just become your job from heaven.