Professionalism, a term commonly used for managers and has difficult meanings in the dictionary (Don’t even want to go through them). I derived a completely new definition of professionalism based on my experience. Ok, I know, many of you may not agree but this is the best definition to me and helps to keep my selection criteria clear and focused to my organizational goals. Initially I thought of it as “The ACT that makes the body or mind used to an activity and the experience leads to professionalism” But the new definition to me is “The ATTITUDE which consistently guides your activities and your conduct with the colleagues in the organization.” Those who doubt or want to add something more to this definition are welcomed.
Let’s stay focused to organizations while discussing professionalism. The trend has evolved completely. Formerly, the companies used to pick the candidates on the basis of their experience. The problem with the approach was that their results on those experiences were never evaluated. Today, it’s an entirely different story. Due to the presence of assessment tools, the process has become a bit irrational (what many of you might call) but holds objectivity. So now, a talent is preferred over experience.
Experience does not lead to professionalism; it is a prerequisite that only ENHANCES professionalism. Professionalism is an approach that is in the mind. The companies prefer hiring managers with inbuilt abilities and professional attitude towards work and work environment. Managers are least interested to waste time grooming the talent and making professionals. They prefer fine-tuning the talents already having a professional attitude and developing them to manage huge tasks in a short time span resulting in achieving the organizational goals faster.
Another point of concern is that the organizations want every department to have an ROI. So organizations now evaluate the hiring expenditure made by HR. Every HR department wants to be a profit center in this period of recession. Companies have shortened their training periods by picking the right talent and by assessing their abilities. As per HireLabs’ research, a company can develop a professional within 4 to 5 months. This is far easier as compared to hiring an experienced manager who is then resistant to changes and learning i.e. lacking professionalism.
To cut the long story short, since the definition to professionalism has changed, this has steered a call to change the entire selection and recruitment processes.