Professionalism is defined as the behavior you exhibit while at work.

As a professional, there are certain traits people expect to see in you regularly. These are the few ways on how to remain professional at your work place.

  1. Be punctual

One of the personality traits of a good professional is the ability to arrive at the work station on time. The sage said : punctuality is the soul of business. It is the politeness of kings and queens.

  1. Practice etiquette

Etiquette is politeness or courtesy. We also call it civility or decorum. It is the beauty of good manners. Be courteous to all but intimate to few.

  1. Maintain a positive mental attitude

Every member must come to work with a positive mental attitude. Be cheerful and look very bright. Wear a mile-wide smile. Don’t transfer your insuperable house problems to the work place. Zig Ziglar put it this way : It is your attitude, not aptitude, that determines your altitude.

  1. Dress decently at all times

Dressing is such an integral part of being a professional. Every member must learn to dress properly at all times. Do not dress to disturb you staff mates or whoever . Take care of your hair both men and women. Therefore, don’t dress like a large scale farmer of bhang.
You dress the way you want to be addressed. So, stop ranting and chanting ‘My dress, My Choice’.
Keep yourself well-groomed and always pay attention to your personal hygiene.

  1. Tame the sting of your tongue

As a professional, don’t use obscene/vulgar language. Don’t curse people. Shun vile verbal duels, gossips and godless chatters Avoid unnecessary fights and feuds fueled by wanton war of words. Don’t engage in petty politics and polemics.

  1. Share knowledge

A true professional is always willing to lend a helping hand to his or her colleagues. Share the specialised knowledge, and assist your fellow colleagues in case you have the wherewithal. Somewhere I read : Sharing is caring. When you share information, you may reap some immense benefits. The world does not reward you for what you know, but it rewards you for what you do with what you know.

  1. Respect yourself and others

Every person must respect himself or herself at any time. It is also important to respect your colleagues at work. Be polite at all times to fellow colleagues, even when provoked. Respect is two-way traffic. So, for you to be respected, respect others too.

  1. Control your anger

The work space is an area where you must learn to regulate your anger. Have some emotional intelligence. Even if you heat your anger to what magnitude, it cannot boil yummy yams. Robin Sharna puts it this way : an excellent way to control your temper is simply to count from 1 to 100 before you respond to someone who has irritated you.

  1. Don’t peddle cheap lies

Do not lie. Don’t be petty and pedantic. Don’t be childish, foolish and doltish. Stop conjuring scarulous stories that don’t exist. Avoid being a big fat liar. Be straight-forward. Don’t doctor things. It is not good to be dubious. Dishonesty and lack of integrity never make anyone look good. Be honest and calm at all times. Never expose your dirty linen in public. Professionals must ensure they do not expose their dirty linen in public.

  1. Learn to be confidential

Keep confidential information confidential. Keep the secrets of the institution. Don’t tear your colleagues like a piece of paper. Be wise, not otherwise.

  1. Follow policies

Every true professional must obey policies. This depicts that you are disciplined and respectful. Obeying work policies will position you at the acme of your career.

  1. Let heavenly power guide you

You always come out of your house to your workplace empty-handed. Kneel down before you go out of your house telling God not to let you come in the evening the way you left.Bring something small but blessed.Even if economic times are hard hit, ask the power from above never let you lack.

  1. Get your job done

Ensure on a daily basis, you have prepared your TO DO LIST for the day and week — and strive to achieve them. At the end of every day and week, it’s important to go through your TO DO LIST for the week and see how much you have achieved. Every professional must be RESULT-ORIENTED.

*©️Please let us all strive to offer the best because at the end of it all positive legacy is very important in every position that one holds in any institution 🙏

About the author

Dr. Muchelule

Dr. Muchelule has a doctorate in project management, masters in project management, with another ongoing Ph.D. in management information systems, bachelor of computer science, ISO certified systems auditor, child protection certified expert from Havard University, Microsoft Certified IT professional expert from Microsoft U.S.A. with over 15 years of experience in ICT, project management, Monitoring&Evaluation, Assets Tracking, Inventory Management; gender mainstream & advocacy, child protection, Islamic finance, quality management, Research, Evidence and Learning (RMEL). He has been a key facilitator of Kenya School of Law on areas of research, Project Management & monitoring & evaluation, As well as lead trainer/facilitator to Kajiado County Ward Managers on Monitoring & evaluation, Gulf cap top management facilitator on project design, monitoring & evaluation on Buxton Point Affordable Housing Project Mombasa County, Kenya, Key technical member on monitoring & evaluation of Kenya judiciary, Lead consultant in Development of Monitoring, Evaluation And Learning (MEL) Plan For National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ)- Court Users Committees (CUC), Lead consultant on the development of Gender Policy for the Kenya Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU); lead consultant on Systems Analysis and Design For Projects Information Management System for Kenya national water harvesting and storage authority(NWHSA), lead consultant Kenya National Treasury in the Development of Standard Methodological Manual for Project Level Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting, ICT authority Technical committee member on Digital Literacy Program Implementation among Public Primary Schools in Kenya. He is among the Founder and Executive Director of MettaMetta Foundation western region of Kenya, Technical Projects Advisor at The Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), A lecturer in both public and private sectors in Kenya namely Umma University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Moi University, an External Examiner at Azteca University Canada & Mexico, a grasshopper’s faculty member in the U.S.A, PMI certified member U.S.A. With working experience in development partner agencies like ACORD, MUBADIROON in sub-Sahara Africa, AMREF-Maanisha programme-Kenya, Mumias Muslim Community Programme (MUMCOP)Kenya, Technical and Financial Audit for a Safe Programming in Kakuma & Dadaab Refugee Camps by International Rescue Committee. Dr. Muchelule has led many initiatives in the development of result chains/Theories of Change as tools to articulate the desired results, with sound knowledge and skills of design and deployment of information management systems on effective decisions making. Dr. Muchelule has published more than 60 scientific peer-reviewed journals articles in various fields of applied, social & management sciences as well as in business and humanities; currently, he is a member of the Community of Researchers for Global Journals for UK and USA and a Fellow Reviewer for both International Journal for Economics, Commerce, and Management, as well as an editorial research board member of Lukenya University, Kenya and a coordinator of the income-generating unit and research committee board member Umma University, Kenya; as well as a committee member of ICT master plan for Kenya Vision 2030.

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