Wikipedia defines work ethic as “a set of values based on hard work and diligence and the belief in the moral benefit of work and the ability to enhance character.” Does the United States have good work ethic? The International Labor Organization found that on average U.S. workers spend 70 more hours per year on the job than the Japanese and 350 more hours than Europeans. 

So does everyone in the United States have good work ethic?  Unfortunately, no but here are some tips to help improve work ethic.

• Always be punctual and reliable. If you have a doctor’s appointment try to schedule it outside of work hours if possible. Continuously work your scheduled shift, do not try to change your shift hours daily to accommodate your personal life. If you are going to be late to work call your supervise so accommodations can be made.
• Be professional and courteous at all times. It’s true you may not always like the people you work with; however at work you must always be cordial and pleasant. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR PERSONAL LIFE TO AFFECT YOU AT WORK!
• Take initiative, if there is a difficult project at work be that person who volunteers to help when nobody else will. Be confident in your job responsibilities.
• Take pride in your work to produce quality. Sloppy work can be a reflection of one’s character and work habits. Do your best to make sure the job is done right the first time.

These are just a few suggestions to get you on track to becoming an excellent and reliable employee.

“Working hard becomes a habit, a serious kind of fun. You get self-satisfaction from pushing yourself to the limit, knowing that all the effort is going to pay off.” -  Mary Lou Retton

Kara Wiggins
Director of Career Services
Fort Worth Campus