A lack of professionalism


AS mentioned in previous columns, professionalism at the workplace brings about many positive elements in the organisation. Hence, the lack of professionalism is sure to have negative effects on the organisation.

This week we will examine some of the characteristics of a lack of professionalism.


Lack of motivation

These employees tend to have very little motivation in carrying out their work. They do not have zeal or enthusiasm in carrying out their work. They don’t relate work with success, rewards, recognition, etc. For them, work is just mere hardship, routine, obligation and all negative elements.


Lack of commitment

Lack of professionalism also leads to a lack of commitment. This type of employee will not be loyal to the company and will see the company as a temporary place to stay until a better offer comes along. This will lead to a high turnover rate in the company. As a result, the company has to spend a lot of effort and money on recruitment.


Not giving their best

Individuals who lack professionalism will be less likely to carry out their work with their best effort. For them, it is good enough to complete a job — whether the job is properly done or not is none of their concern. They do not see the importance of associating their work with high standards or quality. They just come to work to fulfil their obligation as an employee.


Lack of responsibility

These individuals tend to lack a sense of responsibility towards their work. They do not care if they have completed the job within the deadline or whether they have fulfilled the requirements. They just carry out the job in the most convenient manner for them. If it suits them, they can just leave their work undone and let someone else clean up the mess for them.



A lack of professionalism may lead to unethical acts. The employees may carry out wrongdoings or shady dealings that are against the principles of the company and cause damage to the company’s reputation and image.


Not adhering to company regulations

These staff often choose to do things their way. They do not follow the corporate dress code, refuse to abide by the rules and create a lot of issues for the Human Resource Department, their superiors and other co-workers. They feel that they do not need to answer to anyone and hence, they are free to do things their way. They do not realise the inconvenience and unpleasantness that they cause others.



Individuals who are not professional at work tend to pry into others’ private lives and cause discomfort to their colleagues. They do not know how to keep the company’s confidential information to themselves and tend to spread the news around. The information that is disclosed may cause the company losses in many respects.


These are just some of the traits of a lack of professionalism. Do you identify with some of the above-mentioned elements? If so, try to change as soon as possible. Such behaviour could be stumbling blocks on your journey towards success.

It is important to maintain your professionalism at all times so that you are looked upon as someone reliable and trustworthy.


Priscilla Hiu is a career guidance consultant of Gracia Management and a certified behavioural consultant of DISC Personality Profiling System, Institution of Motivation Living, USA and Extended DISC Personality Profiling System, Extended DISC Northgate.