5 Factors That Demonstrate a Strong Work Ethic
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While many employers may value traits like innovation and creativity, all employers value workers who can demonstrate their commitment to getting the job done. If you want to show your employer that you have a strong work ethic in addition to other traits you may have, make sure you exhibit these five characteristics each day.
Whether you're a salaried employee or clocking in by the hour, showing up on time is important to demonstrate you are a dedicated worker. It shows you value your boss' time and the time of your colleagues and clients – and have real enthusiasm for your position. Punctuality is not restricted to when you begin your day – it also means being prompt for meetings and events connected to your employment.
When you have a strong work ethic, your employer worries less about the work you produce. He knows you are reliable – which means you will do what is asked of you. This includes coming to work, completing projects and participating in workplace enhancement activities, such as team-building exercises. Timeliness is part of reliability – you will not only do what's in your job description, but will do so on time and in accordance with strict deadlines.
Organizations need different things from their employees at different times, and their priorities for your job may shift. When your boss asks you to devote more time and attention to a different set of tasks – or a new set of tasks altogether – remaining flexible and willing is part of a strong work ethic. This can include taking on additional projects in a time of stress for the company.
Attention to Detail
Professionalism, regardless of the industry, is part of a good work ethic. Attention to detail demonstrates you care not only about your work, but its quality. Simple things like ensuring the emails you send are written respectfully, free of spelling errors and typos, show that you care about your image as an employee and the overall image of the company. These also indicate you pay attention to every aspect of your job.
Fundamentally, a strong work ethic may be about having a positive attitude about your job. As team members, those with positive work ethics may refrain from speaking ill about colleagues or superiors. They should emphasize the positive in their working environment and look toward making it better through their own personal commitment to excellence.
Catherine Lovering has written about business, tax, careers and pets since 2006. Lovering holds a B.A. (political science), LL.B. (law) and LL.L. (civil law).
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