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Professionalism in the workplace

Professionalism as defined by Merriam Webster is “ the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or professional person” (Merriam- Webster). This means that when you are in the professional field you are held to higher standard. Your behavior, your attitude, your looks, your actions, your decisions are always looked upon by not only your colleges but also any other person that you encounter because you are a professional. With this comes certain ways that you should act in a professional setting. JWilliamsStaffing wrote and article on professionalism in the workplace. They gave 14 examples of what professionalism looks like in the work place they are as follows:
• Adhere to your commitments * Realize the sensitivity of the work that you represent
• Treat everyone with respect * Value the time and effort spent by others
• Always maintain ethical conduct * Smile and put your best face forward
• Admit your mistakes * Display competence
• Take a leadership role whenever possible * Keep personal issues at home
• Demonstrate core values if professionalism * Project a positive business appearance
• Be polite in speech and body language * Turn off or silence mobile devices
Turning off mobile devices is something that is important to note and is something that should be carried throughout the day. This means until you walk out the front doors to your car. From the time you walk onto the floor until the time that you sit in your car you are being looked at as a professional. This means that you must act as a professional including the use of mobile devices. It is something that should be followed if you would like to be seen as a professional by your peers and future colleges. References

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