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Professionalism in the workplace

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 21, 2012 8:09 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Wednesday, February 22:

Competent. Trustworthy. Respectful. Acts with integrity.  Cooperative.  These are words used to describe professionals in the workplace. 

For many people, being called a professional is the highest compliment one can receive -- at least when it comes to career matters.

But is what was considered professionalism 25 years ago the same as it is today? 

The Center for Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania has conducted a nationwide survey of human resource professionals and business leaders on the state of professionalism.  On Wednesday's Radio Smart Talk, Matthew Randall, the Center's Executive Director and David Polk of the Polk-Lepson Research Group join us to discuss their findings.

For example, about half of the respondents said younger employees feel a sense of entitlement while about 27% indicated electronic devices and social media contributed to employees being less focused at work.

But does that make those employees less professional?

In your opinion, are workers more or less professional or about the same as they were 10 years ago?

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