Work Ethic

Like technology, work ethic seems to change from generation to generation. Advances in engineering, computers and the like make the work done by humans easier. Thus, it’s not unusual that those improvements lead to a downgrade in how hard some feel they need to work. How can managers promote a stronger work ethic among your staff? And how can associates build a stronger work ethic in themselves? Here are some ideas presented in a recent post from the Harvard Business Review:

Examples of a good work ethic:

  • Reliable and dependable – ability to meet deadlines, attend meetings, display appropriate work behavior
  • Productive – use time wisely to prioritize and complete tasks as necessary delivering quality work
  • Ownership – show initiative and take responsibility to complete assignments, follow directions as needed
  • Collaborate with the team – establish positive working relationships while supporting others on the team

How to build strong worth ethic

  • Learn from others – follow the lead of peers, mentors and superiors by observation and interaction
  • Develop self-discipline – by understanding how you work; you will figure out what motivates you to be the most productive
  • Prioritize each day – spend a few minutes at the start of each workday identifying what needs to be done right away and what can wait
  • Emphasis on team interests – instead of thinking of what benefits yourself, consider how to work on behalf of the team for a successful outcome

Finally, whether you are a manager or are on staff, having a positive attitude about your work and your coworkers is a natural way to improve work ethic and perform at your best.

Are you looking for associates with a stronger work ethic? Give me a call and I’ll let you know how my team has a 93 percent success rate in bringing our clients qualified candidates.


Jeffrey Audette