Tips on Professionalism in the Workplace

Adriana Girdler

The little things that count if you want to accelerate your career! Have you been wondering how you can be more professional in the workplace? …

The little things that count if you want to accelerate your career!

Have you been wondering how you can be more professional in the workplace?

It’s not always about your major successes, milestones, or impressive qualifications. In fact, achieving better professionalism starts with the little things.

Here’s how you can get noticed at work for all the right reasons:

Mind your Ps and Q’s

In other words, mind your manners!

It’s really important to be sensitive and respectful to the people around you. For example, don’t make inappropriate jokes. Even though everyone loves a good laugh, jokes that are culture-based, gender-based, or any other jokes that alienate people should be avoided.

Another example is to try and avoid swearing. It’s not that swearing never happens in the workplace, but you should be mindful of it and read the room before letting words slip out.

Don’t email when angry

The easiest way to be unprofessional is to send an email when you’re angry.

The reason it’s unprofessional to send an email when you’re angry is because the content in your email will likely end up being a little (or a lot) too charged with emotion, and that’s never good!

If you really need to get it out, draft the email, but don’t put an email address in the ‘to’ section. Then, wait 24 hours to send it.

That 24 hours will give you the time to gain a fresh perspective and help you avoid saying anything you’ll regret.

Other ways to improve your professionalism

I want to chat a bit more about some ways you can improve your professionalism at work. If you need a refresher in this area, make sure you follow me over to YouTube and we’ll finish chatting there!

I really hope that you found this helpful – and if you did, it would mean so much to me if you would share it on your social media.

Meanwhile, if you really are committed to mastering your next project, do consider taking my SLAY Project Management online course where I show you step-by-step how to successfully manage a project, plus you get access to every template you will need, along with detailed video instructions on how to fill them out.


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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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