This month I thought I would write a short blog on ‘Strong Work Ethics’, which for me is one of the most valuable traits in an employee. Although before I continue I must highlight that strong work ethics are a two way operation, you must work hard for your employees if you expect them to work hard for you, but I guess that it is obvious, right?!
I often meet many people who think the world owes them a favour and that because of what they may have done previously (maybe a studied for a degree, maybe military or police service, maybe ran their own business, maybe a senior position with previous employer). People with strong work ethics normally self identify themselves to you quite quickly in the workplace (funnily enough without saying a word)!
I normally find that strong work ethics are engrained into a persons blood, we could all list people off the top of our head who are hard workers but are they busy fools or foolishly busy, I will let you decide. Time management and productivity go hand in hand with work ethics, we all know people who seem to never have a spare moment but when we look closer, we struggle to find the outputs of such activity. In this month’s blog I would like to highlight 4 reasons why work ethics are important for those people who are looking to climb the career ladder:
1. Job Satisfaction
For me there is no greater pleasure than after a long day in the office or out in the field (of the business nature) and going home knowing that you have worked hard, had a very productive day and it has been recognised, it may be that you have won a new contract or your line manager has commented on your good work. What a great feeling knowing you are very good at what you do, this enables you to become an asset to your organisation, this should not be underestimated.
2. Impact on Organisational Performance
If you’re good at what you do and your colleagues are also good and what they do, the likelihood is your probably part of a high performing operation. Businesses that want to lead their respective markets know it requires a lot of hard work from all members of the organisation as well as commitment, motivation and vision if they want to consistently achieve outstanding results. If you are a member of a large corporate or an independent consultant providing specialist services, as long as you come with a strong work ethic, you embody the qualities that will keep you in demand by top companies throughout your career.
3. Employers Want It
Strong work ethics is that intangible quality that will always make you stand out in the workplace, you want to be that staff member who is always happy to go ‘the extra mile’ when needed, even when not being watched or monitored by a superior, why? Because you take pride in all your work and always give 110% whatever the weather! A job well done fosters within you a sense of personal satisfaction, great pride and professional fulfillment. These are the kind of workers employers are eager to hire and promote. When an important project needs to get done, these individuals can be counted on, even if it means working longer hours to do so. A strong work ethic will not only expose you to greater opportunities, it will earn you a reputation of excellence in your profession.
4. Common Ground & Shared Experiences
If you want to work your way up the career ladder and you desire to advance in your profession, a strong work ethic will keep your career moving in the right direction. Every company wants an employee with this kind of mentality, trust me they are not easy to find. Your willingness to work hard and do your best always, will not go unnoticed. When the opportunity for promotion comes, you will be the one who is first in line for that pay rise and extra responsibility. By continually demonstrating a strong work ethic, you’ll discover you are more marketable, in demand, satisfied and promo table than those content to watch the clock in hope of it being 5pm or those that sit on facebook and twitter with every spare moment there boss isn’t watching!
''Hard work beats talent every day, especially when talent doesn't work hard '' - Tim Notke