How can professionalism be defined? For some, an example is the best way to demonstrate what this means. For instance, a firm handshake and eye contact may be seen as both respectful and confident, and essential for anyone engaging in business to develop. We would hardly purchase a car from someone who failed to hold eye contact and inspire confidence in us, and so this impression holds true.

This sense of responsibility and competence is a result of professionalism, then, but where does professionalism come from? How is it sourced? After all, it isn’t always the most natural way for a human being to act, instead it’s etiquette and personal development that must have come from somewhere, and have been trained using something as fuel. The answer is, like in most behavioral adjustments, found in the attitudes we choose to adopt and promote as part of our life journey, in this case as part of our career.

To that end, we believe that newcomers and experienced workers alike can find value in learning or relearning the following professional attitudes, as they will never let you down:

Correct Timekeeping

Respecting your time and the time of those around you is essential. It will allow you to write emails that are short but to the point. It will allow you to take a small amount of time out of the day to present your ideas to a potential investor, allowing them to get a good grip of your business without them having to spend their entire morning asking questions. It’s also in how you arrange meetings with your staff or team, or in how early you arrive at meetings to get started with care. Timekeeping is an essential component of doing well in business. Savor it. Ensure that you are always dependable. This is because, via the art of respecting other people’s time, you will begin to respect your own. Then, when you come to potentially hire folks one day, you can see this virtue in others, or recognize someone who lacks it.

You Can Learn Something From Everyone

You can learn something from everyone you work with, be that a positive trait to be inspired by and follow, or a negative trait to avoid. No matter who you are, it’s important to note that you will come across many different workers in your lifetime. You will come across low-paid workers who deserve to be higher up in the company, and managers and executives who seem to have little clue what they’re doing, causing the corruption of productivity within the teams they manage. It can be important to ensure you keep aware of the social and productive dynamics going on around you, as in the long term these measures can have plenty to teach you.

Be The Best Worker In Your Department

If you can, be the best worker in your department. If you’re in a mailroom, be the best mail worker there. If you’re a chef, do your best to consistently produce the best meals to uniform standard and keep your station clean. Ensure your uniform is always pristine or that you dress for the job you want, not the job you have (wearing a smart shirt and smart trousers to a casually-attired job, for instance). It’s one thing to accept your station, but it’s quite another to perfect it. This can also serve as a great goal that helps you progress in life, because instead of waiting for someone to train you or someone to give you permission to move forward, you will be taking that initiative yourself. In this manner, you’ll be working to your maximum capacity. For instance, joining Microsoft training practices can help you gain that winning mindset that allows you to offer software fluency to any job you attend. This, in itself, can be thoroughly worthwhile.

Stand Up For Yourself & Learn How To Say ‘No’

Standing up for yourself and learning how to say no is an essential part of developing yourself in the long run, because sooner or later a boss may ask too much of you (while already understaffed), a colleague may ask you to complete their work for them or unevenly distribute the responsibility, or you may be headhunted for a position you’re not too sure about. Learning how to say no and to provide a clear reason why is essential when protecting yourself as a professional, no matter what field you work in.

With this advice, we hope you can use said professional attitudes to prop up your productive might.