A Story About Professionalism: A Young Man’s Conscientiousness - by Faiza Zameer

It is an observation that in recent times there has been a deterioration in the behavior of people. Lack of manners and etiquette are widely accepted. A lot of people are not offended by brash behavior, but professionalism, integrity, and etiquette will never go out of style.

People who demonstrate professionalism have always been respected, and they will continue to command respect in the future as well. Besides having the required educational qualifications and skills, being professional is also essential for a person’s career. When a person behaves professionally, it shows that they believe in performing their job well, which amounts to great importance. The presence or absence of professionalism can make or break a career. A lot of things like promotions, increments, bonuses, etc., depending on the way a person conducts himself. Some of the traits that professionalism encompasses include appropriate dressing, integrity, discipline, and punctuality.

It is said that the first impression is the last. The first and foremost aspect of professionalism is appropriate dressing. To prove oneself to his employer, one needs to look the part. Dressing appropriately means to be dressed in such a manner that a person looks neat, clean, and presentable. A person should make sure to dress as per the companies’ or organizations’ dress code. When meeting a client, it is important to dress well to convey the message that you are serious about your business.

Another aspect of professionalism is to act with integrity. Behaving ethically reflects professionalism. Being professional means adhering to a strict code of ethics and behaving respectfully with one’s colleagues.

If a person is unorganized it shows unprofessionalism. A person’s work area should be neat and organized. It should not be cluttered and messy. Having a neat and organized workspace will help in doing your job efficiently and effectively.

Last but not least is punctuality. Punctuality is considered a highly valued trait in an employee—a punctual person respects his own and other people’s time. When a person meets his commitments and is on time, the message conveyed is that he is organized and dependable, and he values everyone’s time, including his own. There are many benefits of being punctual, but nowadays, many people are tardy. Tardiness reflects that a person doesn’t know how to or doesn