7 Traits of a Professional and How They Improve the Workplace

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7 TRAITS OF A PROFESSIONAL AND HOW THEY IMPROVE THE WORKPLACE

Managing the space around the truck is challenging. From driving in congested traffic to navigating a crowded parking lot, truck drivers must constantly track the hazards around them to help prevent a collision. Read the information below and ask yourself how you can improve your driving style in any of the hazard categories.

PROFFESIONAL TRAITS

APPEARANCEENVIROMENT

A well-kept appearance makes a positive first impression. If a person looks disorganized on the surface, then people will think that person is disorganized. Being well-groomed sends a positive message to others that you take yourself and the job seriously.

 

PROBLEMEQUIPMENT

A professional works a problem rather than runs from it. He or she can be counted on to find solutions and think outside the box, if necessary. He or she is open to input and empowers others to tackle problems on their own.

 

VALUESPERSONAL BEHAVIORS

Values are principles or deeply-held beliefs. A professional lives by a set of values that is beyond compromise no matter the situation; he or she bases decisions on these beliefs.

 

COMPETENCEREACT PROPERLY TO HAZARDS

A professional will master the skills required for his or her job and is continually seeking to grow and improve. As George Bernard Shaw said, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”1 There is always something new to learn about oneself, one’s job, and life in general.

 

COMMUNICATIONMAINTAIN PROPER FOLLOWING DISTANCE

Enter conversations with a positive and upbeat mind. Be quick to listen and slow to speak. Be mindful of your intonation and never use profanity. Non-verbal communication (i.e., body language) is equally important. Facial expressions, hand gestures, posture, etc.                         convey emotions and can easily be misinterpreted. Carry yourself in a manner that shows                   others you are approachable and open to differing perspectives.

 

ATTITUDEBE ATTENTIVE TO THE ROAD AHEAD

No matter how good or bad a day is going, you control your attitude. A professional stays positive and optimistic regardless of the situation, especially in front of peers and customers. If stress is getting to you, remain poised and step away to recharge and                            refocus.

 

ORGANIZATIONVEHICLE INSPECTIONS

Successfully managing your route or schedule, planning ahead, completing paperwork on time and accurately, and keeping the truck clean are examples of an organized person.

 

 

Good luck!

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