Sorry, I think you're giving a level 0 professional too much credit. Level zero doesn't show up for meetings unless someone else comes to get them and escorts them all the way to the meeting. Then half the time they leave before the meeting is over and file a complaint with human resources because they feel they were treated disrespectfully. I know a few prime examples. Unless you have room in your scale for negative levels, which would make sense as those people whose actions drag other people's professionalism down.
Another thing is that if somebody is currently getting the pay level of the level 3 professional, but their behavior is that of a level 7 professional, then there is a lot of other work to be done to get to the point of getting the pay that goes with being a level 7 professional.
I mention this because there are some people that subscribe to the strategy of "if you pay me more, then I will behave like a professional." --- I think those folks might already be getting paid too much.
This is a chief bugbear of mine. I feel I operate at “level 7” in my business, so I expect other people who I deal with to operate in the same fashion. This of course rarely occurs and I get frustrated time and time again. I find myself saying to my wife “why the fuck can’t these people just do their god damn job?”
I find people who are on their own time/work for themselves will often put in the harder yards and be more productive and get things done.
“Employees” are typically like, “well I really can’t be bothered today, I’ll get my pay cheque tomorrow and I might get around to finishing that thing next week….maybe”. Meanwhile they’re screwing their client as every day in delay costs money.
We’ve had all number of trades on our place in the past 6 months. The two standout examples of the above:
- The guys who put our water tanks in – above ground, steel, massive sheets of material (260,000L capacity each). They installed the two tanks in a day and a half in near gale force winds. They told us it’d take a week. Big tick
- At the same time, we had the shed builder saying “gee it’s really not very nice working in this wind, we’re going home”…….FFS
I just stumbled on this thread. I would like to add a couple of observations. I was sitting in a small town(pop less than 1000) cafe in MN a few decades back when a couple of teachers began to talk more loudly to one another about how they could do better if only they could get paid more. A crusty old farmer turned to them and commented, " You mean you are not doing your best already?"
I find professionalism to be a dangerous weapon. I am talking about the word not the concept. I find that too often it means, "Please change your behavior and act (behave, dress, talk) like I want you to.
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