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10 Golden Rules of Workplace Professionalism

Talent isn’t enough. If you want to get ahead and gain respect from coworkers and bosses, you need to be professional. Yet, it’s surprising how many highly skilled individuals fail to maintain a basic level of professionalism in the workplace.

Give yourself an advantage over the competition by following the 10 golden rules of workplace professionalism.

1. Dress appropriately

Do not show up to work in shorts and slippers. Ensure that you follow the dress code rules for your workplace and put a little effort into getting ready every day.

2. Arrive on time

There may be many jokes about Indian Standard Time, but it’s no excuse when it comes to your job, so ensure you arrive on time every day. Additionally, make a point to get to any meetings by their scheduled start time as your coworkers and others deserve that courtesy.

3. Watch your mouth

Leave the foul language at home. There’s typically no place for swearing at work and it can come across as very unprofessional. Additionally, avoid becoming the office gossip. Don’t spread rumors or spend your time telling your coworkers what you overheard in the lunchroom.

4. Grammar is important

Take time to proofread your emails, letters, and other written correspondence to ensure that you are communicating effectively. Misspellings and poor grammar will make you seem unprofessional and reflect badly on both yourself and your company. Use a browser extension like Grammarly for Chrome or even Microsoft Word to correct your mistakes.

5. Do your best work

Getting by on the bare minimum screams unprofessionalism. Strive to work hard and go above and beyond whenever you can.

6. Smile

Friendliness is a good trait to adopt in the workplace. Make an effort to have a positive attitude and show care and courtesy to both your coworkers and company customers/clients.

7. Be a team player

Offer to help your peers when you can. It’s okay to be focused on your own career, but remember that teamwork is an essential quality in almost every work environment.

8. Separate personal time and work time

Avoid wasting company time and resources on your own things. That means, don’t spend your workday chatting on your cell phone, on social media, or online shopping.

9. Be honest (don’t lie)

Honesty is always the best policy. A true professional will always own up to his/her mistakes. This will help build trustworthiness—an invaluable trait that will take you far in your career.

10. Control your emotions

Disagreements at work are inevitable, but remember that a professional doesn’t turn into an angry hulk every time there’s an argument. Learn how to calmly share your opinion and deal with conflict in a constructive way. And of course, physical attacks are never, ever okay.

When everybody follows these rules, it leads to a great working environment—something every employee deserves. If you’re interested in working at a company where culture and environment matter, head to the ALTRES Technologies careers page.