Professionalism. Business Etiquette. Manners. Common Sense.
All of these terms, at one time, were measurements of character, standards of behavior, and guidelines for appropriate conduct in certain situations. Whether an employer, employee, colleague, or consumer, we come into contact with “business” every day, even if it’s just on that last minute run to the grocery store or gas station. Every once in awhile, it blows our minds.
Strolling into meetings 20 minutes late or blowing them off completely, being rude to customers and colleagues, using the office as a playground for juvenile games and a personal call center. Call us old-fashioned and outdated, but we’ll call it what it is – unprofessional. That’s the reality, folks, they’re not good business practices and they certainly aren’t endearing neither to clients or colleagues.
So, in the spirit of professionalism, good business, and common sense for all, we’ve come up with a list of 8 tips for good business practices that seem to be common sense, but are seemingly uncommon. Check it out!
- Show up on Time – Being early is not a bad thing.
- Come Prepared – One person’s lack of planning should never be another’s emergency.
- Dress for Success – it’s better to dress for the job you want than the job you have.
- Do Your Job to the Best of Your Abilities – Your boss might not be hovering, but always knows what’s going on.
- Clients Come First – without them, there is no revenue to pay salaries.
- Be Articulate in Communicating – Every word you speak or write to a client or colleague reflects on the company, so, please, make us sound smart.
- Karma is Real – Help a colleague when they need it and they’ll be there to help you when you need it.
- The Golden Rule Still Applies (even in business) – Treat others how you would like to be treated.
If you follow these simple rules, you will already be ahead of the pack in differentiating yourself as an invaluable asset to any team.
See you at the finish line!