Sam ThurmanEnglish 111Brett Strickland23 October 2011Professionalism in the WorkplaceThink about how the media portrays professionalism. Do they make it seem important? No, it usually portrays professionalism as a rule that does not have to be followed. It is constantly bombarding young people with the thoughts that it is okay or even normal to have affairs with coworkers or bosses. It also acceptable to say and do what you want at work as long as at the end of the day you are productive. People have to stop these ridiculous messages that the media is sending out. If someone has never had a job before they leave college, he or she will never know how not only unacceptable these things are in the workplace but also how much these actions can hurt their professional careers. College students need to have training in professionalism before they get out into the workplace. If they have the training before reaching the workplace, the companies will not have as many problems with professionalism. The companies also will not have to implement the training because they already had issues with it.What is professionalism in the workplace? According to Kings Island, there are "Four A's of Professionalism" they are: "Appearance, Attitude, Appropriateness of Action, and Accountability". "Appearance" is the image that someone projects in the workplace. The person should be in correct wardrobe and be projecting the correct image for the company to all of the guests in the park. "Attitude" is the outlook of the person and how they approach the workday. All bad attitudes must be left at the security gate when walking in. Guests do not want to have encounters with workers in bad moods because then they will be more likely to have a bad experience. "Appropriateness of Action" is whether or not the person is doing all of the tasks assigned to them efficiently and effectively. Finally, "Accountability" is the idea that every person should be held responsible for his or her actions. They can be congratulated for the tasks
they performed well or reprimanded for the wrong actions they took. Although Kings Island is just an amusement park, I think their idea of the "Four A's" can be applied to any workplace to define professionalism. Professionalism is not just applicable to the company that a person is employed at. Image in the workplace "extends beyond the office door to other parts of the professional community" (Gotsill 1). The actions and attitudes of a company's employees and how people perceive them can affect a company's reputation and whether or not other companies want to work with them (Gotsill 1). Professionalism is an important issue in the workplace and needs to be treated accordingly.
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