New grads: congratulations on landing your first adult gig! Young professionals: continue being amazing at life and keep on truckin' that suave office job. Experienced others: you're our inspiration - keep it up!
Being professional is one of the most important things about one's work life and environment. It helps one gain popularity, get your office work organized, and even allows a diligent worker to gain more clients. Being professional is a gifted thing, and we understand how tough it is to maintain a professional and business identity while still maintaining those Facebook friendships with co-workers and enduring countless happy hours with the boss.
To alleviate the burden of deciding how to act in front of those strategic work and business individuals, we've come up with some of the most essential basics on professional for the young, savvy go-getter in you.
- Jot down everything that needs to be accomplished. A good professional knows the difference between things that need to get done urgently and things that can wait. He/she sets priorities and works accordingly.
- Don't wait until tomorrow. Complete priority tasks ASAP, then go down the list accordingly. Don't be that one guy who stays late on Thirsty Thursday because he didn't get a chance to complete the dockets for a large client.
- Your customers need attention. Look at your business the same way your customer would look at it. Always be sympathetic to the potential questions that would arise in everyday use of your product and service so as to act more like a liaison to the client's needs versus a bully.
- Be systematic. Get yourself a time table made so that you can work with breaks and time slots. A professional is the one who follows time and keeps his/her customers/employers happy. A client's satisfaction should be a number 1 priority.
- Enjoy what you do. Be comfortable with your workplace and position at first. Have patience and keep calm over petty issues.
- Keep good, professional relations. Be it your employer, employees, co-workers or clients, your ultimate aim is to keep them satisfied. However, there is a fine line to walk regarding happiness on the job and maintaining a strong work-life balance. It is vital that you are respectful, polite, and diligent while maintaining the peace in your work environment, but keep in mind that getting too close with anyone at work can have negative consequences down the line. Assure your work peeps that you will support the team during the good and the not so hot, but maintain the required distance.