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Introduction Introduction How to deal with unprofessionalism Employees, and employers for that matter, can be unprofessional on a number of levels. Unprofessionalism in the workplace can mean anything from constant tardiness or habitual time-wasting

Introduction

Introduction

How to deal with unprofessionalism

Employees, and employers for that matter, can be unprofessional on a number of levels. Unprofessionalism in the workplace can mean anything from constant tardiness or habitual time-wasting activities to deliberate disruptive behaviour or a lack of respect for other people on the working team. Different kinds of unprofessional behaviour need to be handled in different ways and there are a number of important factors to bear in mind to ensure that, when dealing with unprofessional behaviour, your position is not comprised in any way.

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Developing friendships at work is part of the overall experience, but many colleagues seem to go to work in order to socialise and nothing else. This can become difficult to deal with if you really do care about your job and want to put the effort in to make a success out of your career. Ostracising yourself from the workforce is not what you probably want to be doing, but a passive approach to a colleague who simply won’t let you get on with your work because they have so much to tell you about the weekend is unlikely to solve the problem either. Try allowing them a five-minute slot before then cutting the conversation directly by saying that you have to work. If this doesn’t work, cut them off after five minutes by leaving your desk to go on an errand. Bear in mind that the way you dress, even in a relaxed environment, can help colleagues to recognise that your work is important to you. A smart blazer might help to set the tone of your work ethic without you having to do much else.

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Whether the harassment is verbal, physical, of a sexual nature or something else, it’s a difficult form of unprofessionalism to have to deal with. In this instance, it is important to keep detailed notes of incidents, days and times, which document the harassment that you are suffering. With concrete examples and notes, you can approach human resources or your boss directly about the issue and request that management get a handle on the situation. If the harassment is coming from above, the problem is more delicate and it might be a good idea to seek independent legal advice about your situation before you start reporting incidents and making waves.

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Similarly, if you feel that a colleague or a line manager is bullying you in any way, their behaviour needs to be noted down in detail and shared with the appropriate department or independent third party before things start to get so bad that you begin dreading going to work. The most important thing to remember is that bullying cannot be condoned under any circumstances. You have a right to work without feeling threatened in any way. Avoid letting the situation drag on for months as it might affect the way in which your case is considered should matters be brought to the attention of higher authorities.

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It’s not uncommon for employers to find that there’s one or two members of the team who like to test authority and who like to do so in front of other employees. Examples of behaviour of this kind include constant questioning of why tasks are set or why decisions have been made. During meetings, unprofessional employees of this nature might also take to distracting other employees, talking over the person in charge, doodling or doing other things which demonstrate a complete lack of interest in what is being discussed. In these instances, it is important for the person in charge to remain calm and not partake in an open confrontation in front of other members of staff. These employees need to be dealt with on an individual basis because they thrive on an audience. Arrange for a meeting and make sure that another member of management is present, lay down the rules, give the employee and chance to state their case and then set a probationary period. Under no circumstances should behaviour of this kind be allowed to continue as it can be very contagious.

How to deal with unprofessionalism

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Things you will need

  • Employee/human resources company handbook

    A notepad to document unprofessional behaviour

More information

Tips and warnings

Document everything. Your case will be much easier to fight, should things escalate to this level, with dated records to back you up.

Never fight unprofessionalism with unprofessional behaviour. It is important to act with grace and to stick to the rules at all times. Otherwise, you run the risk of weakening your position.

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