TRG Talk helps us to answer the question: -Do businesses and employees hold the same definition of Professionalism in the workplace-

December 08, 2017 – To answer the above questions, TRG Talk – Talent seminar with the topic that most people concern about: “Professionalism in the workplace: Does your perception differ from ours?”, took place on the November, 2017. The main speaker of the event, Rick Yvanovich (Founder and CEO of TRG International), with more than 30 years working in various fields, helped participants to gain a better understanding of the concept of Professionalism in the workplace.

Definition of Professional and Professionalism

At the seminar, Rick affirmed that professional is the premise of professionalism. The prerequisite in creating professionalism is owning a body of knowledge, having a scope of practice, and is a representative of their field of practice demonstrated through their behaviours.

Rick further defined the concept of professionalism by giving specific examples, in which professionalism does not only confine in just dressing or communicating appropriately but also the way the employee is able to conduct within his/her scope of expertise, and displays the values of his/her profession (integrity, ethics, trustworthy …). According to Rick, professionalism can also be seen through consistent high performance, contribution to the organization and continuously seeking way to improve personal skills.

4 factors contribute in building professionalism
Previously, TRG Talent conducted a quick survey among professionals from various fields, and the results were that there are 4 main factors that influence an individual's professionalism: Image, Communication and Competence and Attitude.
Attitude was agreed by many participants as the number one most important factor because having the right attitude drives you to the right behaviours, which help to show professionalism towards colleagues and supervisors. Meanwhile, Communication and Image occupy for nearly 50% because they are the external factors that we can easily see and judge at the first impression. And the fourth factor is Competence, it takes time to prove your capacity, effort and persistence so this is the factor cannot be seen and judged immediately.

All participants were welcomed to raise any question or share their own experience in an open and warm atmosphere. The discussion ends with Rick once again stressing the importance of maintaining our attitude at all time, because as mentioned above, attitude is the most important factor in defining professionalism.

TRG TALK is a series of events co-organized monthly by TRG International and PJ’s Coffee Vietnam in order to promote the latest trends in not only the IT, Talent industry but also other rising and upcoming notions in the HR world, tips and trick in improving your project management skills, at the same time provide a meeting place for the CGMA, ACMA and FCMA community.

TRG International is an IT, Talent and F&B company. We help people and businesses to shine. We help people be the best they can possibly be by selecting the right people for the right job and developing them to their full potential. We help companies by providing an IT solution that works quietly and brilliantly in the background, freeing them up to focus on their core and not having to worry about their IT systems. We do this for more than 1,000 clients in 80 countries. Learn more at:


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About the Author: Carrie Brunner

Carrie Brunner grew up in a small town in northern New Brunswick. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Carrie writes mostly on provincial stories.
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