The Finer Touches Make the Biggest Difference
Professionalism goes beyond a handshake or wearing the finest attire. It is the way we act and interact with colleagues as well as customers. It is the impression we leave when we enter the office first thing in the morning or upon concluding a meeting. The mannerism and manners we choose to use can make a significant difference in pursuit of creating a professional workplace.
Professionalism within the workforce is achieved when employees pride themselves on being organised and punctual. Taking pride in preparing for meetings and making valuable contributions is what sets team members apart, creating a productive workplace. Further, employees who have the desire to go above and beyond in learning new skills and participating in updating their knowledge through training programs convey professionalism.
Being accountable for our own professional development within an organisation is key. Turning up prepared and willing to dive into a task head first can be daunting in any job role but it is the ultimate sign of professionalism to commit to your work and the success of a business.
Being respectful is a key aspect within professionalism. When asked what professionalism means to HTG employees, the response was not what you would commonly expect. One team member recognised professionalism in his colleague who showed humility whilst focusing on pursuing the best business outcome. Supporting colleagues and encouraging them in their work pursuits is key to being a professional member of a workforce.
Professionalism can be evidenced in many ways including a simple smile, “making for a fun and vibrant day”. It creates a lasting impression and will shape the way a business is viewed by not only its consumers, but its competitors and the wider community.