Guide to be more professional at a workplace

This article explains how should be the attitude, performance, attire and communication of an employee. When everything is taken care of appropriately, an employee will deliver the best and excel in the professional world.


Working in an office or any workplace is demanding in a lot of ways. For example, an employee has to not only look like a professional but also speak and behave like one. Not mere words coming out of his mouth should have that professional touch in them, but also his overall attitude, and the way he thinks should be like a professional. Every profession will have certain requirements for their field. Employees when do meet the needs and deliver their best will reach new heights early in their career. Gone are the days when the employee would dress up as professionals and think that their job is done. Today, in every field there is a need for employees who dress up, interact and deliver their best in the professional world. Below mentioned are few tips to develop professionalism in the personality.

What should be the topic of communication?

Professionals should always communicate with their colleagues and mentors or other staff about the office matter. It can be about the issue they are facing, solutions to resolve the issues, about the meetings, seminars and clients. The matter of communication should be strictly professional. Any matter that is about the outside world should be discussed outside the office hours and not within the working hours. Office hours are to carry out the office work and thus, every single second should be utilized to work and discuss work matter and nothing else.

What shouldn't be the topic of communication?

Anything that is not related to office should not be discussed in the office. Within an office or an organization, there can be numerous employees working together or in different sectors. Never speak anything ill about the colleagues or the senior staff. It does not matter how they behave. They may not be good to others in their behaviour. However, it does not mean that employees should find fun in speaking ill about such staff. Also, never become a part of tales or rumours. Never come up with such conversations nor find time in joining any.

How should be the attitude?

Professionals never get confused with their decisions. They know what is right and what isn't. Thus, they never take the wrong decisions and behave with morality. They never compromise on their values. Thus, they never make an excuse that they chose the unethical route as they had no choice. For a professional, everything is white and black. They do not get stuck by looking at something that is grey.

Unethical behaviour is a strict no. Also, irrespective of the position they reach in the professional world, forcing junior staff unethically is not acceptable. Ragging, bullying, compromising on the values is not expected from a professional. Making others feel small either through words, actions or by using humour is a strict no. Humour should make others feel happy and should bring a smile on their faces. The one that doesn't do that and instead if it hurts others feelings, it means that such jokes should be stopped once and for all.

Professional attire

Every profession requires a certain type of dress code. Every employee should stick to that. In some offices, a certain type of attire is fixed. In such cases, dressing becomes easy. In other cases, where attire is not fixed, but still, every employee is asked to dress up like a professional, the real problem arrives. Learn by looking at other senior staff. Look at how they carry themselves. Formal shirts, trousers, ties, coats are all considered as professional attires.

Wearing t-shirts, floral shirts, baggy pants, too-short skirts and too many accessories are considered as too loud or casual. They cannot be worn in a professional environment. Not shaving or trimming properly, messed up hair and improper personal hygiene is a strict no. Also, never wear untidy clothes or ones with lots of wrinkles. The outfit might be formal but will fail to give that professional look to the employee if it is full of wrinkles.

How should be the performance?

A lot of factors will actually determine the performance of a professional. No professional can deliver his best if he does not believe in discipline and punctuality. He should know how to manage time well and prioritize things as per the requirements. Also, requirements change, and thus, the order of accomplishing tasks also change. Every professional should be able to meet the deadlines. It does not mean finishing the work at the given time but accomplishing it at the given time by meeting the standards. A professional should always be ready whether it is about a presentation or public speaking. He cannot afford to take a back seat and merely become a follower.

A professional should never be unorganized. Messing up everything whether it is a task or a working table is something that isn't expected out of a professional. Always giving excuses, not finishing the work at a given time and underperforming is something that isn't how a professional performs. Not educating oneself now and then and not remaining updated about the changes taking place in day to day professional life will hinder the performance and harm the career.

Simple mistakes for professionals to avoid in the workplace-

Landing a dream job is not that difficult but maintaining the position and moving ahead in a career graph is important. Once a professional reach the position, it may happen that he will take everything for granted. If he does that, he may have to pay heavy prices for it. Below-mentioned is a few mistakes that a professional should not commit in his professional life-.

  • Never stop learning. Never stop updating oneself. If the process of learning stops, one may never know what new has arrived. To maintain the position and move ahead in the career graph, remaining updated is very important.
  • Never show stiffness related to owning mistakes. It is nowhere written that a professional of so many years of experience cannot commit any mistake. Anyone can commit an error. It is important to own them instead of blaming others. A professional should learn from it and try his best never to repeat it.
  • Do not take anything for granted. Position and experience do not matter. Irrespective of the position a professional is in and irrespective of several years he has experience in that particular sector, he should always take his work seriously. There may be numerous employees working under him. Yet, he should be determined to meet his deadlines and remain punctual and sincere towards his work. He should avoid depending too much on others and instead try to accomplish the work as much as possible by himself.
  • A professional should never take a backseat. He should always come up with innovative ideas and speak his mind clearly in front of everyone. For that, he should learn how to communicate professionally. Also, not all of his ideas will get implemented. When they don't get implemented, he should not get disheartened and lose hope. In fact, he should keep working on himself and work towards the betterment of himself as an employee and of the organization, he is working in.
  • A professional should know his strengths and weaknesses. It is very important because then he will be able to make commitments based on them. It is necessary to keep up commitments. When a professional knows for sure he will not be able to finish some task, he should not take responsibility. He should work on his weaknesses and instead of hiding them, learn the unknown things and change weaknesses into strengths.
  • A professional should not neglect important events. Sometimes, after reaching the highest position, many feel that they don't have to attend every event. Thus, they miss out on so much. Meetings, seminars, professional lunches are necessary to learn something new and develop a good relationship with clients. Thus, a professional should never miss a chance and attend important meetings and events. Over enthusiasm and too much volunteering may not be the right approach. However, neglecting everything and missing out a lot of events is also not acceptable.


Professionalism is not something that gets guaranteed to an employee when he learns how to dress up perfectly in professional attire. Also, it is not something that comes when an employee learns how to write a professional email or letters, attend phone calls or strike a conversation professionally. Professionalism requires an employee to look, speak and behave professionally. To learn professionalism, an employee does not have to spend lots of years working in an organization. It is because all that is required is dedication which sometimes can be found in a newly appointed employee in an organization and sometimes it cannot get developed after so many years of work experience. A professional should be punctual, honest, organized, down to earth and well prepared in every way.


Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao18 Jan 2021 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

Professionalism will not come simply by working for many number of years in the field. One should have the basic knowledge required in the particular field and he should be always getting updated with the latest developments in the field. Troubleshooting and trouble solving should be his forte always. For this, a person should show interest in solving various problems that are coming in his working area. Then only he will understand the subject in a better way.
A professional should be identified his abilities. To become a professional one should develop the habit of listening carefully than talking more. By listening to others and connecting those points with his experience he will be able to find out a solution for the issues.

Author: Dhruba19 Mar 2021 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

Professionalism in the office is very important but that does not mean you should never talk to others about things that are not related to the office. I think to maintain good relation with the office it is essential to make and maintain some personal relationships with other staff. Yes, all the task must be completed in time with devotion, integrity etc. but you should enjoy your role also. Another point is the one that you should not interfere with your seniors which is not always acceptable because your senior can also take wrong decisions and if you detect something or know something, you must inform them to so that they can rectify their decision. This is your responsibility as a part of the team.

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