How to be Professional at Work

Adriana Girdler

The best tips for professionalism so that you can be a rising star at the office It’s important to carry yourself with professionalism and grace …

The best tips for professionalism so that you can be a rising star at the office

It’s important to carry yourself with professionalism and grace in the workplace. This is especially important if you want to get ahead and be seen as a rising star by your boss and colleagues. Professionalism takes time to learn, but I’ve compiled a list of the best tips to help you get there.

These tips come from my 20+ years of experience working with various organizations and industries. I’ve met many incredibly professional people, and many who really lack the professionalism they ought to have for success. So, be assured that these tips are really tried and true!

  1. Be respectful, even if others are not

It would be nice if everyone was respectful, but the truth is that this isn’t always the case. Sometimes there are even leaders that aren’t respectful. Listen… That’s their issue, not yours! Regardless, you need to rise above and be respectful to everyone, even if they’re not being respectful to you.

It doesn’t matter what their position is or where they are in the hierarchy of the organization. The rule is to treat people the way you want to be treated. DO NOT badmouth anyone and DO NOT gossip! The last thing you want to do in the workplace is to create enemies.

Another thing that goes with this is to respect company policies, whether you like them or not. They are there for a reason and if you respect them, others will see you as truly professional.

  1. Be truthful

Don’t lie at work! Not even a white lie. Those who are looked at in a professional light are those who are extremely transparent. They say it for what it is and they don’t sugar coat anything (but remember, they’re still respectful).

The reality is that you can be truthful and direct while still being respectful. Sugar coating things or even lying about things at work will only come back to bite you. Transparency doesn’t mean sharing EVERYTHING, but it does mean being truthful about anything that needs to be said. Lies hurt your career tremendously because they are incredibly hard to come back from and they do not allow you to be seen as trustworthy or professional. So, don’t even go down that road!

Additional tips on professionalism

These aren’t the only tips on professionalism that I want to share with you – I’ve got a few more! I’ve put them all into a 7-minute video where I’ll share with you those extra tips on professionalism. I’ll even tell you a little bit about my experiences with professional and unprofessional people. I can’t wait to see you there!

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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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