What would you do if you suddenly discover that you could make your business wholesome in the competitive corporate environment?

This write-up series on professionalism over the next two weeks will make it to happen.   First, we will look at the definition, and the benefits of professionalism.  Then, we will focus on the characteristics of a professional, and conclude with how to become more professional in the workplace.

Definition:  There is no fixed definition of the word, ‘professional’, it simply refers to the expertise, or competence, of a trained employee or service provider.  It has to do with how you carry yourself. It is a relative term, because what is viewed as being professional in our organisation may be different from another.  However, there are certain characteristics that professionals have in common that differentiate them from other people.  These will be highlighted in this discussion.

6 Amazing Benefits of Professionalism

If your business must stay afloat and thrive in the increasingly competitive world, then your organisation must embrace professionalism, other benefits include:

  • Facilitates achievement of vision. Professionalism will enhance the achievement of the company vision, and the long time success of the business.  It will foster a sense of belonging among the workforce, because employees will be encouraged to improve their productivity, reach the target delivery fast, and increase profitability.
  • Differentiates between decent and indecent behaviour. The culture of professionalism in a company will help to draw the line between satisfactory and unsatisfactory behaviour in the workplace.  It will promote cordial relationship among the employees, clients, management and union, and other stakeholders.
  • Boosts morale. Employees will feel better motivated to give their best in the service of the company, since they are working in an environment that is conducive for improved productivity.
  • Maintains accountability. The business will become more accountable with its level of services.  It will help it to establish a standard and maintain the standard consistently to the customers delight.  Professionalism will make the organisation present the best services or product possible to its clients.
  • Promotes reverence .  Professionalism promotes reverence not only for authorities but also for colleagues, clients and subordinates.  It will help to appreciate individual worth, and prevent gossip, slander, indecent jokes and idle talks among the workforce.  Everybody will focus on the work at hand, and the target delivery.
  • Minimizes friction. In a professional business environment disagreements, disputes, and antagonism will be reduced to the barest minimum.  There will be amicable resolution of misunderstandings, as well as increased capacity to tolerate one other, including outsiders who might behave inappropriately.

What other benefits have you derived from your experience as a professional?  Please share with us.