Work Ethic

Dr. Paul White describes the characteristics of a “good worker” in “What is a “Good Work Ethic” Really?” In “Teaching Young People to Work,” he says that business owners are looking for someone who will: (a) show up (that is, they actually come to work); (b) show up on time; and (c) listen to and follow instructions. A pretty low level of expectation.

Indeed. We need to move beyond these very basic standards to develop excellent work skills.

A person with a good work ethic:

  • Understands the value of hard work
  • Is commited to putting forth their best effort at whatever they do
  • Performs above and beyond the expected
  • Takes pride in providing an honest day’s work
  • Achieves a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment from a job well done
  • Believes that work has an important role in the development of character
  • Believes that independence is a basic element of self-respect
  • Understands the joy of learning

Explore more at The Work Ethic Site

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One comment on “Work Ethic
  1. […] work behavior can be displayed by any generation as well. As mentioned in an earlier post about Work Ethic, we’re talking about very important basics like showing up on time, and showing up at […]

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