Professionalism in the Workplace

Professionalism in the Workplace

Time Management 

  • Arriving to work in a timely manner 
  • Task prioritization of goals 
  • Making best use of time 
  • Give people ample notice if you are not able to attend an appointment or event 

Organized Work Environment 

  • Keeping work space clean and organized 
  • Respecting other's work space and clean after using 

Professional Emails and Messaging 

  • Addressing individuals by name 
  • Proofread messaging before sending 
  • Using professional, objective and respectful language
  • Avoid placing any personal information in emails or going into great detail about personal items 
  • Ensure you are not breaching confidentiality standards in messaging and emails 
  • Use a professional signature in email ending 
  • Ensure voice message response is clear and professional 
  • Return emails, phone call and messaging in a prompt manner 

 Writing a Professional Email 

  1. Create an informative subject line 
  2. Start with a simple and polite greeting 
  3. Address the intent of email right away 
  4. Include action items in email (can use bullet points and numbers if there is a large amount of information). Use concise and clear points and language 
  5. Provide a polite end sentence of thanking them for their time or assistance or possibly wishing them a great day
  6. Close with your contact information 

Dressing Appropriately 

  • Ensure attire matches workplace setting
  • Avoid anything with inappropriate imagery and language on it 
  • Wear appropriate length of clothing 
  • Ensure your attire looks professional but functional to complete tasks 


  • Make sure to know what your duties are and when you need to refer out or ask for guidance 
  • Ensure you are supporting yourself in the workplace and outside your workplace in social, emotional, physical sense 
  • Set realistic and manageable goals that can met 
  • Respect coworkers space and work schedule, do not interrupt while they are assisting others 
  • Remain personable yet professional and avoid engaging in gossip 
  • Keep personal mobile devices silent or off 


  • Respect differences of opinion and try to understand where other people are coming from 
  • Ask for consistent feedback on performance as appropriate 
  • Acknowledge everyone throughout the day 
  • Maintain good eye contact in interactions 
  • Be mindful of non-verbal body language: tone, fidgeting, choice of words 
  • Finds ways to continue to broaden your own personal and professional development