"Unprofessional", the Dictionary.com definition:
- "Not professional; not pertaining to or characteristic of a profession."
- "At variance with or contrary to professional standards or ethics; not befitting members of a profession, as language, behavior, or conduct."
- "Not done with professional competence".
Examples of general things that might make a person "unprofessional" in a variety of situations, in no particular order:
- Showing up to work late
- Dressing inappropriately
- Using inappropriate or rude language
- Harassing, bullying, or distracting coworkers
- Sexual harassment or inappropriate physical contact
- Exhibiting threatening behavior (physical, verbal, written violence)
- Disrespecting your boss/manager/employer
- Demanding special treatment
- Refusing to do work assigned to you
- Stealing or taking things that don't belong to you (food, office supplies, etc.)
- Sabotaging others' work
- Being overly criticizing of others' work or behavior
- Being (bad-tempered) or rude
- Making unfair or inappropriate judgments about coworkers or the company
- Poor communication (not returning emails or calls, failure to follow up)
- Poor work ethic or laziness
- Performing at an level (literally un-professional!)
- Failing to keep promises or repay favors to coworkers, customers, bosses, etc.
- Passing blame
- Excessive complaining
- Spreading rumors, badmouthing, backstabbing
- Unwillingness to work with others
- Inability to work alone or without someone "holding your hand"
- Using a personal relationship to gain advantages at work
- Displaying excessive uncalled-for emotion (screaming, crying, etc.)
- Bringing non-work problems and issues to work
- Defensiveness or excessive sensitivity to
- Displaying a consistently negative attitude
...and last but not least, failing to report unprofessional behavior to a supervisor.
Different occupations will have different standards for what they consider "unprofessional." For example, I'm a musician. If I am supposed to play a certain piece of music, but startinstead, that's unprofessional. Or if I'm supposed to improvise something but I play the written music instead, that's also unprofessional.
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