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Professionalism is a must for any person in a business field focused on achieving goals and returning higher profits. The advantages of this code of conduct filter through each phase of the work day, from communications with co-workers to preparation for meetings and seeing that all project deadlines are met without question.
Dependability is an Asset
Part of professionalism is establishing yourself as a consistent member of the business team. This includes arriving on time for meetings well-informed of the task at hand with a focused and ready attitude. This attitude will instill confidence in your superiors that you are serious about your job and take the goals of company seriously. This may lead to increasingly important projects and more prominent roles in those projects.
By displaying your dependability you make yourself an asset to your boss. Being a vital component to management means that when a manager is promoted, the power vacuum will work in your favor. In other words, your boss will want to take you up the corporate ladder with him because you're a professional who can be counted on when the task is vital to the company's continued success. Moving up the corporate ladder entails more responsibility and, of course, a larger paycheck.
The Respect of Co-Workers
Treating others with respect and being focused on business-related activities shows others that you're worthy of the same treatment. Co-workers will regard you as someone to come to with business-related questions and not someone who could potentially get caught up in office gossip. Removing yourself from these youthful social dynamics is an essential component of professionalism and one that can spread through an office with you setting the example. A team that isn't bogged down by cattiness or social concerns performs better and achieves project goals in a more efficient manner.
Jonathan Lister has been a writer and content marketer since 2003. His latest book publication, "Bullet, a Demos City Novel" is forthcoming from J Taylor Publishing in June 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University and a Master of Fine Arts in writing and poetics from Naropa University.