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Disappearing Work Ethic

Updated on October 30, 2017

Work Ethic: A set of values based on the moral virtues of hard work and diligence.

Just An Observation

Work ethic, where has it gone? It seems that in today's work force many employees are lacking in their own personal work ethic. Where is the self discipline that makes them want to take pride in their job performance and behavior at work? They have no desire to be the type of employee that is known as a hard worker and that can be counted on if working in a team environment.

Being employed means you receive a paycheck for the job you are hired for. Work seems to be a foreign word to some. They don't mind being known as a slacker and for doing as little as possible. Excuses seems to be their middle name. From calling in sick, my car broke down, I don't have a babysitter or a family emergency are just some of the excuses they use not to show up for work. Even when they show up, you can't count on them to be productive. Time wasted being on their cell phones, browsing the internet or playing games seem to be normal behavior for many.

It doesn't even cross their minds that their inferior work performance will affect a future job or a promotion later on down the road.

The funny thing is that when they were interviewed for the position, they seemed eager and ready to work. They had no problem with the work schedule or had any issues that would prevent them from showing up for work each day.

These type of employees eventually become detrimental to a company. Co-workers start to resent them as they have to work harder to take up the slack. The employer loses productivity plus paying out unneccessary sick leave.

There are some people that have the good fortune of having a job that they really enjoy. They perform their jobs quite well and rarely miss a day of work.

Many people take jobs that aren't necessarily enjoyable. Who hasn't taken a job just for a paycheck? It doesn't matter what type of job it is, a person with a good work ethic will make the best of it and take pride in a job well done. You never know when a better opportunity will arise and a good reference from an employer will certainly work in your favor.

Some Quotes

Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty. Voltaire

The person who is waiting for something to turn up might start with their shirt sleeves. Garth Henricks

Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers

Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius

Do all the work you can; that is the whole philosophy of the good way of life. EugFne Delacroix

Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself. Samuel Butler

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Theodore Roosevelt

Folks who never do any more than they get paid for, never get paid for anymore than they do. Elbert Hubbard

Good work habits help develop an internal toughness and a self-confident attitude that will sustain you through every adversity and temporary discouragement. Paul J Fleyer

If your work is becoming uninteresting, so are you. Work is an inanimate thing and can be made lively and interesting only by injecting yourself into it. Your job is only as big as you are. George C. Hubbs

It is well with me only when I have a chisel in my hand. Michelangelo

Labor disgraces no man, but occasionally men disgrace labor. Ulysses S. Grant

The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more. Dr. Jonas Salk

There is a kind of victory in good work, no matter how humble. Jack Kemp

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction. Anne Frank

Work is not man's punishment! It is his reward and his strength, his glory and his pleasure. George Sand

I don't think anybody yet has invented a pastime that's as much fun, or keeps you as young, as a good job. Frederick Hudson Ecker

It is quite possible to work without results, but never will there be results without work. Anonymous


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    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 

      5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I have to be careful to exercise a good work ethic here at home. ; - )

    • CyberShelley profile image

      Shelley Watson 

      6 years ago

      We all know those slackers and how their work adds to our load. Wish Garth Henricks - I have always loved that quote - wish it touched a nerve with the slackers!

    • Careermommy profile image

      Tirralan Watkins 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      europewalker, this hub should be distributed around to various companies. I've known so many people throughout the years who have been overlooked for promotions for poor work ethic or for a bad attitude. This hub was well-written and very useful.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Those are some great quotes! I think many people today lack joy for their occupations and that is sad.. perhaps that means they are not in the jobs that really suit them.. You express your ideas very clearly here and I vote up!

    • Indian Chef profile image

      Indian Chef 

      6 years ago from New Delhi India

      Very nice quotes.. not only the work ethics are missing but also pride of performance is missing too.. voting it up..

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      6 years ago

      Interesting topic, and the quotes are a nice touch! I love this one: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." Confucius

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      DREAM ON 

      6 years ago

      If you do work they act if your not smart to play the game and get paid for doing nothing.Managers and employees included.What ever happened to do a good job because it's the right thing to do.Great topic to be discussed further.Rated up.

    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      6 years ago from Great Britain

      Voted up and awesome.

      So happy to read this. As a member of a family owned small business all my husbands´s life and his dad and grandad before him worked so hard and can never understand the laziness of so many people today.

    • europewalker profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thanks Shelly for taking the time to comment, appreciate the share and vote. I have also worked with people who just show up and waste the day away.

    • CyberShelley profile image

      Shelley Watson 

      6 years ago

      Great article, and just love the first four quotes - something worth remembering and living by. I think some people believe that just turning up is enough - I have one young person like that at work! Up, interesting, useful and shared.


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