In today’s modern society, the concept of “Professionalism” is definitely the norm, the “must-have” for every business practice and every professional. The question is “Do businesses and employees hold the same definition of professionalism?" Furthermore, what factors contribute to the professionalism of not just one individual, but the entire organisation made up of different personalities?
To answer the above questions, TRG Talk - Talent seminar with the topic that most people concern about: "Professionalism in the workplace: Does your perception differ from ours?", took place on the 29th November. The main speaker of the event, Rick Yvanovich (Founder and CEO of TRG International), with more than 30 years working in various fields, helped the participants to gain a better understanding of the concept of professionalism.
The atmosphere of the event is become more lively when all participants joined to discuss these issues relating to “Professionalism in the work place”.
Definition of Professional and Professionalism
At the seminar, Rick affirmed that professional is the premise of professionalism. The prerequisites in creating professionalism consist of owning a body of knowledge, having a scope of practice, and is a representative of their field of practice demonstrated through their behaviours.
Rick further defined the concept of professionalism by giving specific examples, in which professionalism does not only confine in dressing or communicating appropriately but also the way the employee is able to conduct within his/her scope of expertise, and displays the values of his/her profession (integrity, ethics, trustworthy ...). According to Rick, professionalism can also be seen through consistent high performance, contribution to the organisation and continuously seeking way to improve personal skills.
4 factors contribute in building professionalism
Previously, TRG Talent conducted a quick survey among professionals from various fields, and the results were that there are 4 main factors that influence an individual's professionalism: Image, Communication, Competence, and Attitude.
Attitude was agreed by many participants as the number one most important factor because having the right attitude drives you to the right behaviours, which help to show professionalism towards colleagues and supervisors. Meanwhile, Communication and Image occupy for nearly 50% because they are the external factors that we can easily see and judge at the first impression. And the fourth factor is Competence, it takes time to prove your capacity, effort and persistence so this is the factor cannot be seen and judged immediately.
All participants were welcomed to raise any question or share their own experience in an open and warm atmosphere. The discussion ends with Rick once again stressing the importance of maintaining our attitude at all time.
Participants took a picture with Mr. Rick Yvanovich at the end of the seminar
Ms. Lan Dai – Sales Executive of Nikko Saigon Hotel, commented: "I have participated in 3 consecutive TRG Talks because the topics are very practical and relevant to everyone. The seminar incorporates both theories and factual examples so we all can visualise and remember. Through the seminar, I learn from both the main speaker of the event and also from other participants. The experience and knowledge I’ve gained was invaluable and when I apply these knowledge into my daily work, I can actually see the differences.”
Mr. Lam Mai – CEO, Owner of ME SCHOOL, shared his thoughts: "I know about TRG because I'm looking for an ERP solution for my company, and that's how I became aware of their TRG Talk series. Being the owner of a business, I realise that the human factor can have a vital impact on the business. The message Rick tried to convey is very coherent, well explained, and can be put into practice. Through years of working, I have obtained an extensive amount of experience but I do not have the background nor time and ability to effectively building a team. Although these are just short talks but they are enough to help me in running my own business. I will definitely come back for the next Talk because I am already a fan of Rick."
About TRG Talk
TRG Talk is a series of events co-organised by TRG International and PJ’s Coffee Vietnam in order to promote the latest trends in not only the IT industry but also other rising and upcoming notions in the HR world, tips and trick in improving your project management skills, at the same time provide a meeting place for the CGMA, ACMA and FCMA community.
TRG Talk: Talent
Is your organisation caught in various problems revolve around talent management? Are you actively looking for ways to efficiently as well as effectively recruit and retain talented staff? TRG Talk: Talent series is a platform where all leaders can openly share their experience in managing talents, how to create and maintain a healthy working environment where everyone of any background, belief, and identity can work harmoniously. TRG Talk: Talent is held every fourth Wednesday of the month.
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