Brad Joens

Feb 24 2014

Tips for Maintaining Professionalism


Do you think your professional image may need polishing? Being professional is an essential part of promoting an effective business image. Your behavior reflects on your business and affects how others relate to you. Several factors play a role in presenting yourself as a professional, including the way you talk, dress, and conduct your business affairs. Here are a few reminders on how to maintain your professionalism.

Dress Professionally
Choose modest, conservative clothing that reflects the more formal end of the attire accepted at your workplace. What is considered “professional” may be different according to your business, but clean, neat, and crisp will portray an image that helps you earn respect and credibility.

Strong Relationships Build Respect and Maintain Professional Image
Relationships can be an important aspect of your professional image. This means treating customers and business associates with respect by returning phone calls promptly, listening attentively when being spoken to, being honest and direct in your eye contact, communication with others, and following through with promises. Building strong relationships gives you a more professional image and those relationships may prove useful in your future business endeavors.

Manage Time and Work Space Professionally
Manage your time and work space professionally. Create a calendar on your desk or computer to keep track of appointments and deadlines. Check the calendar regularly so that you stay on schedule with meetings and tasks. Organize your work area so that you can quickly find the items you need. Use space-saving storage to be more efficient. Improving your time management skills will help you achieve your end goals faster.

Do you have more tips for maintaining your professional image? Share them in the comments below.

Brad Joens

About Brad Joens

Brad Joens is a Vice President and Commercial Banking Team Leader at Hills Bank’s Cedar Rapids Downtown location. He has been at Hills Bank since 2007 helping business owners with commercial lending, cash management, and other banking needs. He is active in the community and knowledgeable about the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor. In Brad’s spare time, he enjoys relaxing with his wife and daughter, as well as jogging, bicycling, and playing pick-up basketball. Brad can be reached at

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2 Responses to Tips for Maintaining Professionalism

  1. I’m grateful that you mentioned to build strong relationships, and that it will be useful in future business endeavors. From my perspective, I can see how beneficial having a trusting relationship can be. If you are a person who always returns messages quickly and is honest in your dealings, then people will naturally see you as someone they can rely on and trust. It’s an important quality to have not just for the business world, but also for personal life as well.

    • Brad Joens Brad Joens says:

      You are right, Taylor! Trust and strong relationships are really go a long way in a business relationship. Thanks for reading HillsHelps.

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