How you present yourself at work is important. It can lead you to the top or out the door. Here’s how professional people get ahead at work
Being professional is a trait that is barely unnoticed at work. Adhering to and even going beyond the company’s culture and standards are sure some of the quickest ways to climb the corporate ladder, especially in a place that cares about your career growth. Nothing gives a bigger headache than working with unprofessional people, in fact, it lessens work morale and often demotivates people who go to work to watch the clock drag to knock-off time. With that said, there are always those particular people who you can’t help but admire for their work ethic and professionalism. They often come early, respond impeccably to e-mails, engage in meetings and leave late. Professional people are the life-blood of a company and that is the reason bosses invest in them. I used to look up to one of my former colleagues who was not only great at what she did but treated her work- and everyone around her with respect. Below are traits she used to have that believe got her to where she is today:
Team player: as much as her work demanded so much of her time, she always offered her teammates support, help and encouragement. Professional people are team players, delegate fairly and barely have the need to outshine others. They know that the survival of any company relies on team spirit, instead of pulling others down.
Sticking to deadlines: Professional people have a work ethic that either makes you super jealous or inspired. They take their work seriously and barely miss any deadlines because they know how everyone else can be affected if they don’t submit work on time.
Having a positive energy: Unless they speak out of concern and try to build you up, professional people don’t use your weaknesses or personal problems to their advantage. They are fun to be around and genuinely care about other people.
Always punctual: I don’t remember my former colleague being late. In fact, we always found her at work and said goodbye to her exactly at knock-off time.
Great communication skills: Professional people have great communication skills and always engage with their colleague with respect, no matter the title next to their names. No matter how reserved you are it’s important to voice your opinions out, especially if you believe that they will benefit the company.
Being professional doesn’t mean you have to be stiff, it simply means respecting the company you work for through the way you treat yourself and your co-workers. It really is a trait worth investing your time and energy on.
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