Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Blunt and/or Blunder of Personal and Professional Account Usage?

The question of account usage from a personal/professional usage continually arises in America from the government level to day to day business operations.

Should people utilize their business accounts to send personal emails and vice versa?

We are certain that you first have to look at what defines PROFESSIONALISM?  

Defining Professionalism

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines professionalism as "the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person"; and it defines a profession as "a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation."
These definitions imply that professionalism encompasses a number of different attributes, and, together, these attributes identify and define a professional.

Now that we have identified professionalism by definition we have to look at the integrity of the individual as well as the company, which we will share alongside accompanied research of professional attributes. Why we must look at the integrity of the individual not only upon the interview process, but also at designated check points and monitoring mandates as well as audits supports why the clip shared above according the Clinton Email Scandal disclosed should be in place at all times, strictly enforced and the proper repercussions assigned by the governing/human resource institution.  For example, we saw that Hillary made statements that revealed that she was just as culpable as any individual in an authority position that would compromise her professional integrity to her position.  Clinton said she made a mistake when she “opted for convenience.” She said she chose not to use a government email address because she did not want to carry multiple devices according to The Washington Free Beacon.
She also came back in the same interview and stated: "Clinton said, “the server contains personal communications from my husband and me” and that it was initially set up for the office of former President Clinton.
These comments contradict a statement made by Bill Clinton’s spokesman on Tuesday that he does not use email.
On this level of the scenario provided the stakes appear much higher because of the status of the employee, however, the ideology of professionalism must be weighted with respect to personal integrity as well.  If an individual "opts for convenience" in the professional workplace surely this level of integrity must be equated to personal standards.  This may appear to be a simple stab at the problem, but solution as we always aim to provide in a level setting is that the higher the standards, the higher the integrity of all parties involved should be and with a promising prosecution. On the other hand, the other side of the coin as mentioned earlier is the information gathered by www.mindtoolscom is professional attributes:

Specialized Knowledge

First and foremost, professionals are known for their specialized knowledge. They've made a deep personal commitment to develop and improve their skills, and, where appropriate, they have the degrees and certifications that serve as the foundation of this knowledge.
Not all business areas have a stable core of knowledge (and the academic qualifications that go with this); not all areas demand extensive knowledge to practice successfully; and not all professionals have top degrees in their field.
What matters, though, is that these professionals have worked in a serious, thoughtful and sustained way to master the specialized knowledge needed to succeed in their fields; and that they keep this knowledge up-to-date, so that they can continue to deliver the best work possible.


Professionals get the job done. They're reliable, and they keep their promises. If circumstances arise that prevent them from delivering on their promises, they manage expectations up front, and they do their best to make the situation right.
Professionals don't make excuses, but focus on finding solutions.

Honesty and Integrity

Professionals exhibit qualities such as honesty and integrity  . They keep their word, and they can be trusted implicitly because of this. They never compromise theirvalues  , and will do the right thing, even when it means taking a harder road.
More than this, true professionals are humble   – if a project or job falls outside their scope of expertise, they're not afraid to admit this. They immediately ask for help when they need it, and they're willing to learn from others.


Professionals hold themselves accountable for their thoughts, words, and actions, especially when they've made a mistake. This personal accountability is closely tied to honesty and integrity, and it's a vital element in professionalism.


They also stay professional under pressure.
For instance, imagine a customer service employee who's faced with an irate customer. Instead of getting upset or angry in return, the employee exhibits true professionalism by maintaining a calm, business-like demeanor, and by doing everything that she can to make the situation right.
Genuine professionals show respect for the people around them, no matter what their role or situation. They exhibit a high degree of emotional intelligence   (EI) by considering the emotions and needs of others, and they don't let a bad day impact how they interact with colleagues or clients.


Professionals look the part – they don't show up to work sloppily dressed, with unkempt hair. They're polished, and they dress appropriately for the situation. Because of this, they exude an air of confidence, and they gain respect for this.

We will not go into detail on every level of agreed professionalism compartmentalized by mindtools.com, but we will point out that Clinton as well as any other in a professional position must be able to perform under pressure just the same as in personal situations, which call for proper focus and sound judgment to accomplish anything.

This article was shared not to "attack" or "expose" Clinton, but to encourage others not to deter from the importance of the balance of the personal and professional elements that we can all glean and utilize as preventatives from this becoming a recurring matter in the workplace.

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