Top Reasons Employees Are Seen as Unprofessional

CPE-ProfessionalismInfographic-YCP1-600x400In a survey of managers and HR professionals, new hires are often seen as the most unprofessional in the workplace. If you are new to your job or internship, listen up and take note!  You could be making a bad impression without even knowing it.

So what are the top complaints according to the Center for Professional Excellence at York College

  1. Nearly 40% of respondents feel that entitlement is increasing in the workplace. In other words, too many workers expect rewards without putting in the hard work and effort!
    Tip: Do “A” work every day and be sure you have tangible outcomes to show for your time in the office. Ask leaders how promotions work and don’t simply assume that a promotion or raise is guaranteed just because you have been employed with an organization for a set period of time.
  1. IT Etiquette. Using technology inappropriately is also a huge complaint. The most common challenges reported include excessive use of social media (49%), inappropriate use of the internet (47%) and excessive usage of cell phones (46%).
    Tip: Focus on work while at work and try to keep your internet use to a minimum except for emergency situations. Encourage friends and family NOT to text you during the business day to help reduce temptation.
  1. Unfocused Behavior. Unfocused and/or unmotivated employees are another big trend in the survey. Certainly much of this relates to the over-use of technology.
    Tip: As mentioned above, put away your cell phone. Additionally, try to focus on one task at a time, attempts to multi-task can sometimes make you less efficient. Remove distractions from your work space whenever possible and let colleagues know when you need quiet time for concentration without interruption.

Want to learn more? Check out the full reports on workplace professionalism.

By Heidi Perman
Heidi Perman Executive Director, Career & Professional Development Heidi Perman