Every person has worked with an ‘unprofessional’ before. There have been times when you focus on a work-related task and take the proper avenues to ensure a certain project gets completed, and a fellow co-worker or employer steps in to make sure that he or she gets the credit for the job, undermines your performance, ruins or fails to help in the completion of the project, and creates an environment that is detrimental to you and the workplace.
Unprofessionalism is more than just mediocre productivity or being naïve of a certain skill. It is any behavior that will hinder productivity and/or relationships in the workplace. Unprofessionalism can be dishonesty, corruption, carelessness, disrespectfulness, hostility, greed, impatience, irresponsibility, laziness, pride, rudeness, or self gratification.
Unprofessionalism is the inside-killer of businesses and other place of work. No matter how great sales go up and how high a company’s stock go up, without hard-working individuals who respect the people they work with and business relationships they hold, a company will go under at some point. Combating unprofessionalism in the workplace will keep a company running smoothly for decades.
Types of unprofessional employees/employers:
Dishonest: Any employee or employer lying or changing situations in order to make him or her seem on top of things or make someone else seem unproductive and unreliable
Unproductive: Any employee or employer that fails to perform his or her tasks as the company would want him or her to. Unproductive nature is usually synonymous with laziness.
Combative: Any employee or employer that intimidates an employee or uses his or her authority or credibility against an employee for reasons unrelated to the work environment is unprofessional behavior. This usually also comes with a territorial behavior where the harasser feels threatened of losing his or her position/authority to the victim and will take steps against him or her to prevent this from happening.
Disrespectful: Usually any employee or employer that is unable to respect another individual usually works with a mentality centering on him or herself.
Social inept: Any individual who is unable to communicate or adapt with other individuals in order to “get on the same level” usually cannot perform for the good of all workers.