Saturday, April 07, 2007


pro-fes-sion-al/[pruh-fesh-uh-nl] - adj.
Professional is often used to mean having teh qualities that you coonect with trained and skilled people, such as effectiveness, skill, organization and seriousness of manner.
(Cambridge International Dictionary of English, 1999)

Pronunciation: pr&-'fesh-n&l, -'fe-sh&-n&l
Function: adjective
1 a : of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession b : engaged in one of the learned professions c (1) : characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession (2) : exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace .
(Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)

Quoting from Wikipedia, under "Profession":

Many organizations have codified their conduct, often designated “code of ethics”, and what they require for entry into their organization and how to remain in good standing. Some of these codes are quite detailed and make strong emphasis on their particular area or expertise, for example, journalists emphasise the use of credible sources and protecting their identities, psychologists emphasize privacy of the patient and communications with other psychologists, anthropologists emphasize rules on intrusions into a culture being studied. Most of the codes do show an overlap in such concepts as,’ do no harm’, ‘be honest’, ‘do not use your position for private gain,’ etc.

Everyone should approach their work with professionalism, including instructors & group exercise coordinators. As coordinators, we are expected to communicate to the instructors any temporary changes in the schedule ASAP. If we are taking an instructor out of the timetable, we should give him/her ample notice as well. We are exepcted to update our timetable (gym board & online) regularly so the members would know if there's any changes to the instructors(unless it's a last minute change). Any dispute/complaint should be handled and resolved immediately, and we should strive our best to give the members whatever is requested.

Instructors, on the other hand, are expected to be representing the club they teach. That means, no wearing of clothes that belong to a competitor. Nor should there be mentioned of where else he/she teaches as the interest of the club he/she teaches at that moment of time must be protected. Instructors should not try to make profit by selling items to the members as well. If an instructor decides to drop his/her class(es), ample time must be given to the coordinator for a replacement instructor to be found. Otherwise, it will cause a lot of inconvenience to both the coordinator & especially the members. Remember that the reason the instructor has a class in the first place is because of the members attending it.

It's sad that some people just don't know how to be a true professional. They just see teaching as a mere source of income without any commitment. The moment something better come around, danggling in front of them,.... Off they go in less than a week.


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