6 Ways To Improve Your Professionalism At The Work Place

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By Jonathan Trent who is a writer for NextUC.com

Perhaps you may have noticed that your boss takes other employees more seriously than he takes you. You observe him asking them for input concerning the logistics of running the business a little more than he asks you. It’s almost as if you are being tolerated, and not even there. In fact, because he seems to be ignoring you, you are wondering if perhaps you shouldn’t start browsing the Internet for job openings somewhere else.

It could very well be because your employer views you as less of a professional than the other workers on his team. They have consistently adhered to a code of ethics–whether at the office or on video–that has earned your employer’s respect, and your performance and behavior on the job leaves much to be desired. In this post are six tips on raising the level of respect the supervisor has for you. While many of these you may already be aware of, these are common areas of weakness for many employees.

1. Show Proper Respect And Support For Your Superiors
This rule holds true, even if you don’t agree with what your superior is asking of you. To show your support for the company, avoid arguing with the boss in front of customers, co-workers, or subordinates. It does not look professional, and may send a message that you are not a team player. If you have thoughts on how to add value to the company then reach out through the proper channels.

2. Arrive Early
Yes, don’t just be on time, arrive at work early. This shows management, as well as your colleagues that you take your job seriously. Indeed, when the boss is deciding on whom to reward for their hard work with promotions or raises, if you start a consistent pattern of arriving early, you might end up at the top of his list.

3. Keep Email Usage Restricted to Job-Related Issues
Company time is not the time to be writing emails to your friends, or sending messages that are off-task, and have nothing to do with work. Keep it short and to the point, if, in fact, you must email anyone at all. Also, do not use this time to surf the Internet. It is extremely unprofessional, and bosses do check their employees’ computer files. The time you are paid to work should be all about work and not personal matters.

4. Keep Personal Life Out of the Workplace
This rule is very important. While finding a shoulder to cry on at work may provide relief for the soul. It does get back to the boss, who may be tempted to make bias-based appointments due to sympathy. Nobody needs to know about that nasty divorce in which you’re entangled in right now. Many companies have policies about that, and it could cause you to be reprimanded, and possibly even lose your job.

5. Video conference
As part of the modern business age of the 2012, video conferencing is becoming increasingly relevant. Therefore, it opens up a whole other field where ground rules need to be laid. Knowing how the video conference equipment works will ensure a smooth conversation and will avoid wasting time for both parties.
Make sure all video equipment and microphones work before you turn them on. Make sure all of the equipment is properly adjusted, and that both parties can hear each other clearly. This simply involves testing the equipment well ahead of the scheduled meeting.
If you are the one in charge, do not allow this under any circumstances. Remind all participants that they are to eat before or after the meeting. It gives the appearance of a party, and not taking the professional conference seriously.

6. Be Happy

Working with someone pleasant makes working with you easier. Being happy is infectious and you will spread happy vibes around the office or workplace just by smiling or saying hello.