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Hi all.
Well, Professional means relating to or belonging to a profession, or engaged in an activity as a paid job, or competent enough to perform the activity in a skilled way and Professionalism means the ability or skill expected of a professional( following the code of conduct required to do certain activity).
Regards
Shweta

From India, Delhi
Different people must be having different views on this subject and the chances are that all of them are logically correct.

Being professional is a declaration, wherein you mention, how you like to get treated by others? Its about attitude, behavior, self-presentation; self-respect and dignity. It means not just knowing how to do your job, but demonstrating a willingness to learn, cooperating and getting along with others, showing respect, and living up to your commitments. It also means avoiding many kinds of behaviors that cause trouble in the workplace. It doesn’t matter, if you work as a clerk or a CEO of the company but if you behave the way people expect a professional to behave, you'll be accepted and treated like one.
A person, be in any profession must demonstrate the following behaviors or habit to be called as a “professional”.
“Knowledge and skills of their profession; pride in a profession; accountability for his/her work; Commitment to self-improvement of skills and knowledge; Conscience and trustworthiness; enjoying your work; being committed to your work and they must be a good team-players.”

Regards,

Nawas

From Kuwait, Kuwait
According to me.

Usage of right skill in right situation and at right time is called Professional whether it is in Office or in house.

It is inbuilt quality, wherever you go it follows you. Just like
Seniors if iam wrong pls correct

Hutch
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From India, Bangalore
Professionalism to me means having control over oneself and keeping personal and professional life apart.Don’t get disturbed by negative behaviour of others.
From India, Delhi
professionalism means using ones knowledge and expertise with common sense in the required job. Reagrds, Runu Gorai
From India, Pune
Professionalism is about many things, but some of the important considerations among them are
Being honest to your profession.
Learn whatever required and make yourself fit for that profession.
Make maximum use of all your knowledge, skills etc to do best in your profession.
It's more about attitude and understanding.

From India, Hyderabad
Sujeet,
I found the below definition with example quite intersting which I found in web and thought of sharing with you.
How do you define professionalism?
David Maister states that professionalism is, "...believing passionately in what you do, never compromising your standards and values, and caring about your clients, your people, and your own career."
Small Example:
"The server at my morning coffee shop epitomizes true professionalism for me; he is caring and friendly without being intrusive, seems to love his job, remembers my name and order, and by doing all this ensures I'll keep coming back. According to Maister's definition, he qualifies".

From India, Hyderabad
one more addition when you are working for your profession (during office hours) don’t do anything unrelated/unnecessary to it.
From India, Hyderabad
Hi All,

Umm......the dictionary meaning of
'Professional' would mean --- characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession (2): exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace.
&
'Professionalism' would mean the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession.
What I feel is... the meaning of professional is more related to the profession in which the person is & more over how it(profession) is managed in a particular set of standard that is expected at the work place.
The above mentioned dictionary meaning would make it more clear. :)
Regards
Suvarna Jadhav
HR Executive

From India, Mumbai
If you think that you are a “professional” ask the following questions to yourself:
1.Do you live up to your commitments?
2.How do you behave with others; your sub-ordinates, peers; seniors; friends; internal or external customers?
3.Do your managers see you in the right light?
4.What's your integrity level?
5.Do you truly have all the skills required to be successful at your job?
6.Does people, your co-workers make comments on the way you carry yourself?
7.Does you and your place, work place or house, is properly organized?
True answers to all above mentioned questions would let you know, if you are a “professional” or not.
I hope this will help.
Thanks and Regards
Sanjeev

From India, Mumbai

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