The textbook definition of work ethic is as follows: “The principle that hard work is intrinsically virtuous or worthy of reward.” What this means is that the greater a person values the work they are doing, the better that person’s work ethic. In other words, if a person finds the work they are doing to be meaningful or of importance, that person is more likely to develop a ‘work ethic,’ or an increase in willingness to do that work. In my opinion, just about any kind of job holds a certain amount of importance. As long as a person can see that, they should be able to motivate themselves to carry out the task at hand.
As an employee, I would find a good work ethic to be of great importance to myself and fellow employees. If we see our own work as important, we would be motivated to carry it out, exercising a work ethic. As a manager, one could argue a work ethic to be of even greater importance. Employees can be very easily influenced by the way in which a supervisor or peer would react to a situation. If one person has a positive attitude, that mindset is likely to spread.
If I wanted to implement a good work ethic among my employees, I would be certain that everyone knew how their job benefited the company as a whole. Motivation can be inspired by the idea of reward or positive consequence as a result of carrying out a task. Work ethic has a direct tie-in with motivation, as motivation is what inspires work ethic. A person with a good work ethic should find it easy to motivate themselves to complete a task, particularly if the reason for the task is clear to that person.
Personally, I find that I can carry out tasks more easily if I am alone or in a small group. Thusly, this could be something to improve on. I have difficulty working with a large amount of people, particularly if the task at hand is unclear. One way I might be able to improve on this could be pushing myself to work with other people more often, and get used to the feeling of being a part of a team. This is important in a working environment, as a successful business requires all parts of a team to work
together successfully. Teamwork is a very important skill to have when on the job. I know that as an employer, I would want to avoid hiring employees that have difficulty working together, as this may hinder the quality of the work done. As long as a group of people is able to get along and work effectively with each other, the effectiveness of such a team should be more than adequate to easily tackle most problems they face.
In conclusion, work ethic is a very important quality of effective teams as well as individual workers. It benefits the people working, as well as who they are working for. A positive attitude when carrying out tasks is also beneficial to everyone involved, as it is often inspired by a good work ethic. Overall, an effective team must be able to work together well, and exercise good work ethic, as well as a positive attitude.