Improving Your Performance as a Professional
Do you come across as a professional? The way you present yourself at work will affect your success in the workplace. We don’t like to admit it, but the way people dress and act the first time we meet them affects our perception of them. It can cause us to gain either a positive or negative opinion of that person that can last long into the relationship. So how do you create a positive professional persona?
- Are you in control? Projecting poise and an authoritative persona takes some work, but it is possible. Projecting the right vibes while at the workplace will help you build positive relationships with both customers and co-workers. It creates a good atmosphere that everyone wants to be around.
- Dress consistent with organizational expectations. Always dress to convey an appropriate image. Don’t come to work in sweat pants and a hoodie when you’re supposed to be wearing a suit!
- Act appropriately during the work day. Don’t come to work to spread gossip about the latest scandal. Instead, demonstrate your professional expertise by talking about work during office hours.
- Prepare writings that reflect a well-polished professional image. When writing memos, letters, reports and emails make sure they come across the right way.
- Always work to improve your performance at work. Ask for feedback and then transform that into a plan to better yourself in the workplace. Be forward thinking in your progression in the company.
- Being a professional does not mean you cannot ask for help. A true professional knows when to bring in outside expertise. To some it might seem like a sign of weakness, when in reality it’s a sign of strength.
- Wanting to succeed at your job is all well and good but don’t allow yourself to get lost in the process. Always follow your values. Breaking ethical procedures automatically destroys any professionalism you have.
When you act like a professional, you work as your best possible self. You don’t lower yourself by not being your best at work. Instead, you dress professionally, act polite, and improve your performance
. Remember that becoming a professional will help give people the right impression and will help you succeed in your career.