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Professionalism is a word that we hear all the time especially in the workplace. The label 'professional' is specified to a few people. As a fresher, you may wonder what is professionalism. For me, professionalism is a permutation of attitude, behavior, and action. More precisely, there are some rules of behaviour that define your professionalism.

Dress appropriately
How much emphasize do you think dressing well has to do with the first impression? Perhaps, you do not like the idea that you need to wear certain clothes from certain brands to get the respect and credit that you deserve.

However, judging someone based on their appearance is natural and that happens on a conscious and subconscious level. The first impression greatly influences how people feel and ultimately treat you at different social and corporate events. So, appropriate dress along with basic etiquette is a component of the corporate culture that you should follow from the beginning of your career.

Show up on time
Punctuality is considered as one of the essential traits that display your respect and dedication towards your workplace. Everyone is not punctual these days, although being punctual is required for a professional to be successful. You cannot avoid a busy daily schedule in a workplace.

Remember names
Forgetting someone's name is socially embarrassing in the workplace. Very few people can remember names quickly. Thus, the benefits of remembering co-workers names in the workplace are many. It impresses your boss and co-workers and forces them to remember you.

Put the cell phone away
Do you know that overuse of the cell phone at the workplace is a big NO? Your cell phone use at work can distract you from doing your job and it may even annoy your boss or co-workers. You should turn your ringer off and use your cell phone only for important calls at the workplace.

Find a private place to make calls and do not bring your cell phone to the meetings. Do not pick up your smartphone while talking to your boss or co-workers as it carries certain messages to those who meet you.

Make quick and confident decisions
There are times when you would have to think on your feet. You may not have enough time to think through your decisions. There is no reason to panic. with time, you will learn to make right decisions quickly.

Once you have learned the pros and cons of the workplace, you will certainly be able to proceed with the immediate decision. Cons is the cost that you need to pay for such risks, for instance, the side-effects or the possible negative result of a decision whereas pros are the positive results of a decision. If the pros are more than the cons, you know you can decide in favor or else you may want to look at another solution to your problem.

Deal with office gossip
The workplaces are full of people with different personalities and almost all offices have some gossip mongers who enjoy gossiping as well as spreading rumors. The best thing to do is keeping things easy and objective while dealing with such colleagues. You never know who could snitch on you.

Remember, you are here to work not to make friends. It is important to cordial with your colleagues, but make sure that you are not providing gossip through your casual conversations.

Photo: Alex Romario

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