In order to address this issue, companies often provide training on what they feel is professionalism in the workplace. Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition’s presentation on professionalism in the workplace clarifies who and how professionalism is judged, making note of cultural distinctions. For the most part, professionalism boils down to showing respect for self and others – whether it is respect for the job that needs to be done, time that the employer is paying for, or services or products provided. J Williams Staffing identifies the basic principles of workplace professionalism as attitude, appearance, conversation, technology use, ethical behavior, and work/home balance.
Though the use of various forms of technology are also acceptable in casual social settings, the study also discovered that texting coworkers was on the rise, rather than the more appropriate forms of communication, such as email or face-to-face interaction. When conducting face-to-face interaction, it is important to remember to maintain professional conversational habits. Do not gossip, keep discussion of personal problems to a minimum, do not reveal confidential information, and use polite language. When in person, keep electronic devices set to silent and do not text or use mobile phones during a conversation.