Being a professional suggests that someone is qualified and practising in a definable area, having expertise based on a deep level of knowledge, and having a commitment to the area of practice. On the other hand, it is about how one chooses to practise and is about judgement, principles and ethics.
10 ways of acting professionally.
- Competence & Confidence: You’re good at what you do and you have the skills and knowledge that enable you to do your job well.
- Reliability: People can depend on you to show up on time, submit your work when required and meet deadlines.
- Honesty: You tell the truth and are upfront about work requirements or deadlines.
- Integrity: Having strong moral principles.
- Respect For Others: Treating all people like they matter is part of your approach.
- Professional Development: Rather than letting your skills or knowledge become outdated, you seek out ways of staying current.
- Being Positive: Having an upbeat attitude and trying to be a problem-solver makes a big difference.
- Support Others: You share the spotlight with colleagues, take time to show others how to do things properly, and lend an ear when necessary.
- Staying Work-Focused: Not letting your private life needlessly have an impact on your job and switching off work in your private life.
- Listening Carefully: People want to be heard, so you give people a chance to explain their ideas adequately.
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