Work ethic is arguably the most crucial attribute anybody brings to a company. It doesn’t matter what industry the person works in; the title doesn’t matter, and the job duties aren’t even essential. Every single employee has a work ethic. The question is, is it good or bad?
A work ethic isn’t about what type of work you’re doing. A work ethic is the values that you bring to the company. Do you work hard? Do you strive to improve? Do you desire more responsibility? If you can honestly answer yes to all those questions, you more than likely have a good work ethic.
In theory, workers exhibiting a good work ethic should be selected for better positions, more responsibility, and promotion – this is not always the case. However, having a solid work ethic is more about ensuring that at the end of the day, you know that you earned your money.
Your employers and coworkers will see your good work ethic. There’s no need to show it off. Sending an email at 11 p.m. to show that you worked late doesn’t mean you have a strong ethic. A good work ethic means you show up every day, do your job to the best of your ability, use your time wisely, and put the needs and goals of the company above your own. Remember, you’re being paid to do a job, and your goals have to be aligned with those of your employers.
“Employees with a strong work ethic exhibit a particular set of values and behaviours. These characteristics make them stand out as highly coveted team members and praise-worthy employees.” – indeed.com
Workers who exhibit a poor work ethic may be regarded as failing to provide fair value for the wage the employer is paying them. Your employer pays you to do a job. Regardless of what industry you’re in, including not-for-profits, our work contributes to the company making money. If you’re not doing your fair share or only doing what’s good for you, you’re not earning what you’re being paid to do. That may sound harsh, but it’s the truth. A poor work ethic will reflect negatively upon you, leaving you stagnant or expendable.
There is always room to improve your work ethic. Even if you’re one of those people who fall into the category of having a solid work ethic. Align your values with your employers, put the needs and goals of the company ahead of yours, and earn the money your employer is paying you.