What is a good work ethic?
I'm always curious to find out the opinions of others regarding this concept because it seems there are all sorts of different types of work ethics we encounter. For me it's about getting to work on time, having little or no absenteeism, following through on my work projects, treating my colleagues with respect and kindness, and striving to put forth excellence in my assignments. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to match up with some of my co-workers.
Who instills work ethics in people...or is it they just have it or they don't?
Committment...honesty...sincerity...helpful....to name a few....as well as all that you put down. Good work ethics don't just grow out of thin air...for me...its the standards I choose to live by. Starting...with honesty and becoming a man of integrity.
In very brief summary, I would define a good work ethic as maintaining a focus on the job at hand without becoming distracted by detrimental internal or external forces. A team player who exhibits the ability and willingness to interact & share innovative ideas with co workers in a cordial, friendly, and enthusiastic way. A positive attitude and desire to learn regardless of possessing a mastery of technical skill sets would definitely be a plus -
There are so many other aspects to consider you could write a multi volume novel on the subject and many authors have done so in the past, some good and others good for kindling a cozy Christmas Fire only to watch the soot & ashes disperse from chimney top into the upper atmosphere then smack dab into Santa's Flying Sleigh path -
I have presided over an extremely large staff of employees in the past and I can guarantee one thing from first hand experience watching quasi maniacal power hungry individuals struggle and ultimately fail - If a manager and or supervisor does not extent the common courtesy and or respect to staff as they deserve, the department or possibly even the entire business entity as a whole will rapidly deteriorate and crumble into the proverbial abyss, one which contains the rubble of all other failed ventures -
Great Question -
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I have found that having a good work ethic is not nearly as important to employers as achieving the results your employers are expecting. If you work hard and fail to achieve the desired result, then you have wasted time and resources as far as employers are concerned. Everything you mentioned as a work ethic are good qualities; but, employers want results. I believe that is why people who are jerks, lazy, and arrogant are sometimes promoted. It's not because the boss likes them. It's because they are bringing in results and money.
The work ethic has to be a part of you to be effective. It is a matter of which habits you cultivate. Everyone will be different. You cannot control others, only yourself.
Someone with a good work ethic is someone who works hard and achieves what they want out of life.
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