Today, in the age of globalization and cut throat competition much about work is being talked about, as to how one should approach the very concept of it. Statements like “if you love what you do, work will not feel like a burden”, “one just has to do it”, and “if work was ever meant to be fun, they wouldn’t have called it work but crazy fun time” have been making the rounds quite regularly in the offices and even at homes. Whichever of the above or any other statement you choose to believe, one thing is for certain: your going off the hook will only get your bosses flying off the handle, may be it’ll even make them throw kitchen’s sink at you… ouch! In all seriousness, whatever you believe your work motto is there’s one thing that remains constant and has to be taken to heart: work ethic. And there’s a lot to it than just being a hard worker who shows up on time everyday (not that it is not important). It means, apart from being an employee who loves his/her work and does it with cent percent dedication and passion, also holds a set of accompanying virtues that plays an important role in the overall development of the workplace, with people working with and around him/her. Continue reading to know more about what comprises good work ethics.
Humans aren’t chameleons! It’s rather difficult to behave in a disciplined fashion in an official setting by curbing our natural behavior or blending into an environment out of the blue when all our life we have behaved differently. It’s all in there and just needs to be fine tuned. Meaning that, learning while growing up counts and probably makes up for most of the later part of who we become. Proper education will go a long way in making a well behaved employee out of us.
Beginning with the basics, it’s great that you love the work you do, congratulations! It doesn’t mean that you’ll show up and work in a casual unrestrained way. Approach it in an official and disciplined manner with the right kind of attitude and decorum that an office environment demands. Be on time, be ready to provide a helping hand, dress appropriately, be ready to walk an extra mile to get things done, and be courteous and mannerly.
Maintain a positive attitude about the job you do, regardless of how you feel about it. Once you’ve made a commitment with a company, put in all your effort to contribute something to it rather than doing things half heartedly while complaining about you deserving better than this. It’s not only about you, as the people directly or indirectly connected to the work you do are likely to be negatively affected with your attitude and lack of productivity.
Regardless of what position you hold or how many years of priceless services you’ve given to your company, have respect for the employees working with you, under you, or over you. Give respect to the authority of the person under whom you’re working and earn respect from your subordinates for your authority rather than commanding or demanding it.
Patience and Restraint
Sometimes having to show restraint is the biggest thing one can ever do. Laying aside your own judgment and looking after the interest of the whole group requires a lot of effort. It sometimes demands you to keep your interests and desires at bay, especially if there is a chance of a potential conflict or dealing with the matters in which someone has behaved out of the way or not in an acceptable manner.
Good Old Honesty
The old school pro called honesty is probably the most talked about virtue but still the most underrated one as it doesn’t get as much as both ears of attention to it. Although it is one thing, if all the layers were to be peeled off it, would make for a whole bunch of virtues that come bundled with it and can’t at all be done without. Do whatever task has been given to you with integrity, accountability, and dependability.
Team work without good interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships within the organization is just work, and no team. For team work to exist, there first needs to exist a cohesive unit that doesn’t neglect looking after the interests of each of the member while fulfilling what the administration has asked them to do. As the bond begins to strengthen with empathy and understanding playing its part, not only will it improve the efficiency and productivity but will avoid conflicts in the long run.
Working with these good work ethics is sure to make you employee of the month, over and over again in the months to come.