How to Be Professional in the Workplace
14 Jun 2022 2 mins read By Andrea Amato

The terms ‘professionalism’ and ‘workplace’ are intertwined. As we adopt different roles in our daily lives, at our workplace, we create a more professional persona encompassing a list of acceptable behaviour that can be exhibited in these settings. Being a professional, in other words, isn’t simply a term—it’s an inclusion of multiple characteristics that can help you become more favourable at your job in Malta or elsewhere.

Additionally, learning about professionalism can assist you in progressing your career. In this article, you will learn how to behave in such a way that demonstrates your work ethic and positively supports other people. Being a professional includes qualities such as respect, honesty, and dependability. There are also external characteristics that matter to professionals, such as wearing appropriate dress. The impression you leave on your peers and managers is one that you are loyal and prepared to achieve more on your on-site or remote job.


Steps to Achieving Professionalism at Work


Professionalism is an invaluable conduct across any job in Malta or elsewhere, no matter the workplace environment. Nowadays, albeit the influx of remote jobs, the way you compose yourself is still essential to hiring managers and for the way you are perceived by your peers. Overall, professionalism can help gravitate you toward further workplace successes, a positive reputation, and a tendency to strive toward excellence. 

With the above in mind, you can practice professionalism in the following ways:

  • Be proactive about productivity: spend your time wisely at your on-site or remote job, and commit to completing various job responsibilities. If you work a remote job, set up a workstation that minimises distractions, including avoiding social media as you work.
  • Dress appropriately: as mentioned beforehand, the way you project yourself through your appearance speaks volumes to hiring managers upon your first impression. It’s also an element that can carry your reputation over time. Ensure you dress well for your industry and company. You can follow how leaders in your field dress and make this your own.
  • Take initiative: standing apart from the crowd necessitates undertaking projects you wouldn’t have unless you asked for them. If you feel you can apply yourself and your skills in certain areas at work, go for it! This is a positive move to showcase your determination to meet workplace goals.
  • Set a routine: organisation skills are valuable for any job in Malta or elsewhere. Write lists of your plans and projects and set these according to priority. Learn what routine works best for you by dedicating the hours you feel the most energised to the more complex tasks, and follow-up on projects held with peers.
  • Be disciplined about time management: it’s easy to become overwhelmed with work tasks, especially when you are working on multiple projects simultaneously. This is also why organisation skills are valuable, to set clear priorities and re-shuffle these as new tasks present themselves under strict deadlines.
  • Be accountable: own your work, even if it’s challenging at times, and demonstrate positive manners to look for solutions as a team. Career development is a learning curve, so it’s key to remember that to evolve.
  • Set high standards: you want to complete your working day proud of what you achieved in your on-site or remote job. This will not only help you feel more engaged and motivated in what you do, but also highlight to employers your willingness to work toward excellence.
  • Advance problem-solving skills: it’s super professional to be an avid problem-solver in everyday workplace circumstances. In any project, you are bound to meet certain obstacles that require your attention. Spend some time devising a solutions-oriented approach to meetings, and look at these issues as a positive challenge to overcome in your on-site or remote job.
  • Be resilient: as mentioned above, not all workplace experiences will be positive—but your attitude and the way you handle these situations can be meaningful to your peers. Instead of letting challenging circumstances beat you down, show your peers that you can cope with these situations with integrity and resilience, and look for ways to overturn a new leaf.

The above illustrates the various characteristics that makes up an individual looking to take professionalism seriously. Naturally, the above must be accompanied by positive communication—that is, in the increasingly more digital age, know how to present themselves in-person and online. 

Professionals possess an acute level of awareness that helps them understand their emotions and be able to regulate these to respond to diverse workplace circumstances appropriately. Whilst for some people, professionalism is a natural gift, for others, it requires some practice. Be open to feedback and be willing to grow. Build positive relations with your peers and clients, and maintain cordial rapport with everyone. In the end, this will help you learn, collaborate with others effectively, and organically progress your on-site or remote job. 

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