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Workplace Ethics


There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught. ~J.C. Watts

It has been said that having ethics is doing the right or moral thing when no one is looking.

So what does that mean?

  • It means that you do your job to the best of your ability every day.
  • It means not using your cell phone or playing on the internet when nobody’s around.
  • It means going outside your job description to help someone or do something that benefits the company.
  • It means always being professional.

Every employer strives to determine whether or not a potential employee has a good work ethic. This is crucial for companies who invest time and money into hiring and training new employees.  Employees with a bad work ethic can easily ruin a company and it’s reputation.

Over the years I’ve noticed different businesses that are notorious for employees that are rude and never helpful.  I have also noticed businesses that have happy, helpful employees that go ‘above and beyond.’  (Which one do you think you would patronize?)   There are many occasions where an employer hired someone who they believed was a good candidate, only to find out from complaining customers that they were wrong.  However, I think some of the responsibility falls on the employer as well. In an age where companies expect employees to perform more and more duties without an increase in pay and instances of loyal employees spending their entire careers dedicated to one company, only to suddenly find themselves without a job, has led to a decline in the morale of many employees.  With a little research, you will discover there is a new trend emerging among companies that recognize that happy employees = productive employees!
Here is an interesting article on the effect of employee morale on production: Happy Staff

Having a good work ethic makes you a valuable resource to your employer and can open the door to great opportunities in the future.

For more information on how to improve your own work ethics, check out this article: How to Improve Your Work Ethic in 3 Easy Steps

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