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What Happened to Professionalism?

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There’s a time and a place for being professional, isn’t there? Surely it’s at work, right? You’d think so, but I feel there’s a growing lapse of it happening. Whether it’s changing times; a generational thing or whether it’s a slip in attitudes and behaviours as a result of working from home for the last couple of years, or a combination of both, I’m not sure.

Over time, the dynamic in the workplace has changed and it’s tough to determine whether or not this is a positive thing. People are more relaxed with their professional appearance, their attitude to their work and the way they talk to colleagues, clients and management. It’s all changing! Working in recruitment we have found that our clients are saying that being more professional in the workplace, whether you’re physically in one or not, is important and it should be consistent.

What Does Professionalism Mean

To me, it means being professional and appropriate in your communications. Work attire and a tidy appearance are also important . It doesn’t mean people need to be suited up in tailored outfits for the office but it does mean leaving the beachwear at home.

Your presentation when seeing clients , suppliers or key stakeholders matters. It’s important to remember that when you go out to external meetings, it’s the business that you represent as much as yourself.


Is it ever a good idea to be late for work? Or for an important meeting on Teams? Punctuality is the epitome of professionalism as, without it, time is wasted. When people set meetings or you set your working day with your Manager, it’s polite to stick to it and it makes you – and the company – look good!

A lack of punctuality leaves a bad impression and it’s not the impression anyone wants to leave about their business or themselves.

Passion for the Job

For me, being professional means keeping a good attitude towards my work and a desire to do my role to the best of my ability. If you are spending your time every day at work, it can really help you to have a passion for what you do.

When you have a good attitude towards your role, you shine and it shows. Everyone else around you feels inspired and motivated and you don’t go to work in a slump. It’s vital that you work to the best of your ability, too, for yourself and not just because the company itself benefits. You benefit from a great potential for your future in your profession and you have the option to climb the ladder.

Engaging with Others

Professionalism also means working with your colleagues respectfully and using appropriate language to communicate – both over the phone and in emails.

Professionalism also means being fully present and fully engaging in meetings you attend and offering feedback when asked. If someone has given their time to meet you then give the best version of yourself – be prepared, be on time, and always thank the host.


For me, professionalism comes down to the inherent knowledge that work is work! I’m being paid to do my job, so I will do it to the best of my ability – whether that’s in the way I communicate, the way I present myself or the way I act.

If you would like to learn more about how Beyond Recruitment can help you to find a role in a professional environment, get in touch with the team today. Our specialist team of Recruiters can talk you through the roles currently available and help you plan out your next step.

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