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By Meredith Fineman | Thursday, May 28, 2015

The New Professionalism: What’s OK, What’s Over the Line?

is this the new professionalism?

It’s no secret that professionalism is on the decline. In fact, you could argue that in 2015, we don’t even have a solid definition of professionalism.

In its most literal sense, professionalism means “the skill, good judgment, and polite behavior expected from a person who is trained to do a job well.”

But does that definition still apply in the current office climate of beer taps and yoga mats?

We live in a new kind of job economy: a world of freelancers, entrepreneurs, and Jacks & Janes of all trades. Gone is the traditional 9-to-5—and many of the codes of conduct that went with it.

How do we know what’s “professional” in a world where you drink with your coworkers, text your boss, and wear casual clothing every day of the week?

A lot of it starts with you.

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