Professionalism is a broad concept that is described in many different ways and it is often easier to discuss what professionalism is not, rather than what it is because it is defined by the way it is demonstrated in practice, by its structural characteristics, by the beliefs held by those in the profession, or in a values-based manner.
Every organization understands that a learning culture is one that yields the greatest employee loyalty, happiness and ultimately productivity. Professional development focuses on acquiring more knowledge and skills related to your career and apply to everyone in the organization, from new employees to the CEO but most employers therefore offer various kinds of assistance to encourage staff to further their studies and improve their skills.
Personal development provides a way to the future and a large focus should be on professional development and career aspirations filled with so much transformation and change and learning and development professionals have spent the year embracing informal learning as an effective means of training. Essential levels of trust can be achieved and sustained through the embrace and consistent expression of professionalism attitudes and behaviors which includes integrity, accountability, motivation, altruism, empathy, and the pursuit of excellence through lifelong learning.
The rise of new learning technologies is over flooding the market, training professionals are staying focused on outcomes and only selecting the tools that will enable them to meet their goals and objectives and several approaches to organizational professionalism and formative education hold great promise with responsibility for professionalism education, training, and research so training organizations that perform at a very high level are those that are deliberate in their approach to improving the speed of learning and performance change.
In order to achieve an established educational milestone against which learners can be assessed one will have to create a professional foundation of students and graduates in training, competency milestones have been established and published and serve as a guide for educators, these may be modified and adjusted to better align with unique features of national educational models and the establishment of such milestones and their rigorous assessment sends a strong signal to both faculty and learners concerning the importance that is being placed by institutional and organizational leadership.
Training organizations must be able to adapt with the times because learners needs are changing, technology is evolving, skills are different, automation is altering processes and globalization is expanding our reach, also our ability to adapt to change often defines our success but learning that speed is now the factor of success.
Professional education positively formed requires that institutions establish and maintain conducive administrative practice, educational and research supportive environments, such environments are those in which learners are exposed to teachers and supervisors who are positive role models. Nothing is more destructive of learners’ professionalism aspirations than being exposed to, and adversely influenced by, teachers and faculty members who fall short of modeling the attitudes and behaviors of professionalism. It is the duty of leaders to identify and engage with such individuals and when possible, institute remedial action and assess the impact because if remedial action fails, it is the duty of leadership to protect learners from the toxic influence of those individuals regardless of their institutional power and standing.
Staff morale and professionalism aspirations are seriously undermined if and when policies are considered inconsistent with the stated mission and purpose of the organization. This is what is commonly referred to as “walking the talk” or, in other words, there is close alignment between what is said and what is done.
Highest professionalism standards cannot be sustained if work schedules are over burdensome and organizational failure in this regard leads to cynicism, poor morale, physician burnout, flawed teamwork and coordination.
Article by Blessing Bassey