Praxair Tips about Professionalism in the Workplace
Moving from the classroom to the boardroom (some day).
Make a smooth transition from your school days to the Praxair work environment by keeping the following in mind:
- Value diversity. You may interact with people who bring work styles from different generations, backgrounds and parts of the world. Master the ability to identify, value and leverage these differences and you’ll be on the road to promoting your own success and the company’s.
- Collaborate. Obtain and consider multiple perspectives. Getting input from others helps you think through all aspects of a challenge, identify and address “hidden” obstacles, plan accordingly and maximize potential results. Remember, it works two ways. You bring unique perspectives and experiences to the table, as well. So, be sure to share your thoughts and ideas.
- Add value every chance you get. From day one, look for ways to add value, make a difference, drive performance and promote success – yours, your department’s and Praxair’s.
- Be professional, always. From the way you handle yourself in daily interactions with co-workers and clients to the way you present yourself on social media, it’s important to always act in a professional manner. Return phone calls in a timely manner – the same applies to e-mails. Pay special attention to your written communications by checking for spelling and grammar issues and ensuring your message and intent are clear.
- Respect others. Show up to meetings on time. Consider others’ ideas. Meet your commitments. Listen.
- Build relationships. No one can do it alone. Show others you are accountable and deliver value. Offer a hand when you can. Earn other people’s respect and confidence in you. Be a problem-solver.
- Stay focused. The business environment can move at warp speed, resulting in numerous competing priorities and a challenging workload. Keep your eye on the target. Stay focused on what you need to accomplish and take it one step at a time (but do it efficiently).
- Dress appropriately. Confirm with your boss or Human Resources (HR) what is and is not acceptable. When you need to make a big impression or portray confidence, a suit is always best. For day-to-day work that allows “business casual,” slacks, khaki pants, collared shirts and blouses are acceptable.