Professionalism is more than just wearing a pretty dress or a suit and tie. It’s about how you behave, what you say and how you get your job done.

Some behaviours are career pitfalls. You may not know the damage they are causing until it is too late. The year is coming to an end, so as you conduct your personal end of the year appraisal, ensure these behaviours does not follow you into the New Year.

Here is a checklist:


Truncating/abbreviating words
With the emergence of social media, word truncation has become very common. It is wrong to use words like “Tho” “Pls” “U” etc. in the workplace. As common as it sounds, their consequences could be dire. There is a boundary between social and professional conversations. Don’t go looking unserious, inexperienced, and unprofessional because you are following a trend.

Burning bridges:
Are you fond of closing the door too hard on work relationships? It’s time to stop!

Treat everyone you relate to as important. They may not be useful today but may be in the future. From your boss to your co-workers and clients, develop and nurture a good professional relationship with them. They could be the door that leads to your next level.

Letting your skills become obsolete:
When was the last time you improved your working skills or expertise?

Never allow your skills get rusty at any point in your career. Commit yourself to learning new things and improving every day. Keep up with industry and technological changes to stay relevant. Make a conscious effort to adapt so you are not left behind.

Promising more than you can deliver:
Do you always fall short on promises or deadlines?

What you actually do matters much more than what you say you are going to do. If you are not sure of your capabilities, do not bite more than you can chew. Always know your limits. Don’t be known as the renege colleague.

Getting too comfortable:
Remember the initial drive you had when you just landed the job offer? What changed?

Complacency will send you packing before you can say JACK! Getting used to mediocre work is bad news for your career. It can hinder your career growth. Always put your best foot forward and show enthusiasm. Constantly find ways to make your work interesting.

Bringing your personal problems to work:
What transpires outside your office environment should be kept outside the office environment to avoid distractions. When you bring your problems with you to work, your job suffers and your productivity level automatically drops. Keep a clear head at work.

Are you the office latecomer?

Agreed, traffic is sometimes crazy and unexpected things do happen. But whether it is intentional or not, constantly showing up at work late, or returning late from lunch breaks, shows you are complacent and have no respect for the office rules. Always make an effort to arrive one tim

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