Professionalism means a lot of different things, it can relate to knowledge, to skill and it can also relate to attitude. One of the characteristics that I associate with professionalism is consistency. As a manager or I expect consistency in performance, and I expect consistency in attitude.
So how does this affect the average worker in today’s workplace?
One of the growing trends I have noticed in the workplace is a propensity for people to just say what comes into their head. If they are in a bad mood everybody knows it and if they are upset about something everybody knows it an usually if they are in a great mood everybody knows that too.
I would contend that in the workplace we should put on what I call “our professional face”. It doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, or joke around … it just means that you are consistent in your demeanor.
What brand you choose is another story … and should be one that meets the needs of you in the context of your career aspirations.
The people who are not consistent are typically affected by their moods … and in the workplace we should all try not to be moody.
Some time ago I wrote a blog called What Kind of Mood are You In? with ideas for snapping out of a bad mood.
I also wrote a blog entry called Reasons to be Positive – A Feel Good Blog Entry. It was designed to be uplifting, the kind of thing you read if you feel a little down.
Finally I wrote a blog entry called Choose to be Happy … suggesting that choice is in our hands.
So … the message here is that you should decide on your professional brand, and stick to it. Click through to those other entries and find ways to feel better and to keep your moods under control. Again … its all your choice.