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
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