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Professional Qualities for Office Workers

Updated on October 25, 2015
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Professional Qualities

Those wishing to succeed in an office career, or in any career, should cultivate professional qualities. These are not in your qualifications or your experience but in the way that you behave, how you work, and in your attitude. Your attitude is the part of your personality that others see, how you behave and go about your tasks. They are quite simply the good working habits, which make you a valuable employee.

Keep Your Word And Be Reliable

It is a good policy to be true to your word and be reliable in your daily life and essential in the office. Meeting work deadlines and doing what you say you will, lets others know that they can rely, and depend, on you. Your manager should know that he, or she, need not supervise you too closely, because you will beaver away, whether he or she is watching or not, and s/he can devote the time to those who need close supervision.

Professionals Manage Their Time Well

Time management is an excellent skill to learn and is especially useful in the office. When you know how to put your tasks in priority order, you complete your work in a timely fashion and avoid the panic that less organized people feel, when they realize that they are over-whelmed. Good time management skills also mean that you can go home on time with a clear desk and conscience.

Tact And Good Manners Are Professional Qualities

People can be very peculiar, especially in offices, learning how to handle people tactfully will help you in your office career. If you treat others with good manners, consideration, tolerance, and respect, you will make your office career all the smoother.

professional People Don't Gossip

It is natural to take a friendly interest in your workmates, but in too many offices, there is a problem with salacious, sensational, gossip. Nasty gossip poisons the atmosphere making the office an unpleasant and dispiriting place, instead of the collegiate, cordial, and pleasant atmosphere in which everyone works best. Professional people do not gossip, nor do they listen to gossip and they discourage gossip whenever possible. When ordinary chat starts to take a turn into gossip, the professional person changes the subject. Professional people do not encourage gossip by giving too much away about their private lives, they know that the office is not the place for intimate heart to hearts.

Professional People Are Discreet

Many people are very careless with information. Discretion is a much-underrated quality these days, but one that is a valuable one to cultivate. Learning when to keep something to yourself pays dividends. No prudent employer would promote a gossip, because he, or she, could not be trusted with the personal, sensitive and confidential information to which those in senior grades have access.

Don't Be A Drama Queen

Drama queens can be very entertaining at the theatre, in a television series, or play, but there is no place for them at the office. Office life can be stressful. When sudden pressures, such as sudden urgent work, emergencies or temporary staff shortages, arise, someone who can remain calm, and quietly sits down to work their way through the rush, inspires and encourages other team members to believe that by working together the team can, and will, work through the temporary pressure.

Dress Professionally

Dressing professionally for the office gives you confidence in your own abilities. Clean, neat, smart clothes help you both to look and feel the part. Some offices have a dress code, which guides workers as to what to wear. If your office has no dress code, men should wear a business suit or smart trousers, jacket and tie with a clean shirt each day, women should wear a suit, or skirt and jacket, day dress, or trouser suit, if allowed. Leave the jeans, revealing tops or clothing bearing slogans for weekends; they are unsuitable for the office.

Professional Qualities Make For Promotion And Success

Cultivating professional qualities and working habits not only make your job easier but also make you a valuable employee. Those same professional qualities make you a good hard-working employee, who is valuable to his or her company. A valuable employee is someone destined for promotion and a successful career.


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  • Mercia Collins profile imageAUTHOR

    Mercia Collins 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    thank-you unknow for your kind comment Professional qualities are so important and these, I think, work in most jobs.

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    6 years ago

    these were all good pointers. i think a lot of seasoned people may need a refresher from time to time. very informative.

  • Mercia Collins profile imageAUTHOR

    Mercia Collins 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    I find 'attractive' fonts difficult to read and making them bold makes for a messy disturbing read.Everyone to their own opinion.

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    Reginald Chan 

    6 years ago from Malaysia

    Thanks for sharing. Got to agree with you but just some advise. Try make the fonts more attractive by using bold etc. Avoid text wall as people might get bored easily. Good luck


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