Professionalism & Work Ethic
TIPS FOR SUCCESS IN THE WORKPLACE
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“80% of success in life is just showing up.”
- Woody Allen
One of the most important qualities an employee
can display is dependability
The main factor in being dependable is attendance
Attendance is usually the top priority when it
comes to an employee's performance and is
necessary for continued professional growth
Problems of Poor Attendance
Drop in productivity
Extra work for others
Cost of temporary
When one staff member has
consistently poor attendance, it
affects all areas of their business:
If you arrive 5 minutes late and
leave 5 minutes early every day, you
have stolen 30 hours of work time
from your employer in one year.
Be at your workstation when the
business day starts.
Be clear on time allotted for
lunch and breaks.
Don’t pack up until the work day
Perform job duties in an efficient and
Possess the skills and knowledge to do
the job well
Be a “paid expert”
Keep skills current
Do what needs to be done without
Complete all job duties promptly and
Take action and ownership
Help others or take on extra projects
Use critical thinking and problem solving skills:
Ask what the problem is
Explore all possible solutions
List solutions from best to
Select the best solution
Evaluate the solution
Rewards of taking Initiative
Knowledge of your company and the
market it serves
Increased value as an employee
More career advancement opportunities
A more meaningful and fulfilling work
is the foundation of workplace success with managers,
coworkers, and customers
Consideration for self and
Value of people’s differences
points of view
Respectful Workplace Behaviors
Get to know your coworkers
Encourage coworkers to
express opinions and ideas
Listen to other’s viewpoints
Ask for advice and help
Steer clear of gossip
Avoid getting into fights and
Follow workplace standards
Be a source of positivity and
Share credit when deserved
Consequences of Unethical Behavior
Loss of professional license
Ex: Physician, social worker
Limited employment options
Loss of respect and trust from others
Guilt, depression, and anxiety
Damage to environment
“Individuals do not become professionals
because of some sudden leap that they make
into the stratosphere. Individuals become
professionals because of their lifetime
dedication and commitment to higher
standards and ideals, honorable values,
and continuous self-improvement.”
Jim Ball, Professionalism is for Everyone
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