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How Your Work Ethic Impacts Your Career

Instructor: Tara Schofield

Tara has a PhD in Marketing & Management

Work ethic is one of the most important factors in your success or failure in your career. This lesson discusses how having a good work ethic can create opportunities and help your career soar.

What is Work Ethic?

Work ethic is the attitude that a person has towards his or her work. Your work ethic is one of the biggest determining factors of success in your career. When you have a strong work ethic, you earn the respect and business of others. However, if you have a poor work ethic, you will most likely have extreme difficulties at work, or even get fired.

Principles of a Strong Work Ethic

A strong work ethic consists of many factors, including:

  • Responsibility
  • Dependability
  • Professionalism
  • Treating others with respect
  • Following through on your word
  • Accepting additional assignments
  • Being an honest team member
  • Completing work on time

How Does Your Work Ethic Impact Your Performance?

When you consider these principles, it's easy to see how a strong work ethic can have a positive effect on your individual performance, your relationships with your team, and your career. If you are determined, focused, and exhibit the factors that positively affect work ethic, you can make a name for yourself and create many growth opportunities.

Individual Performance

There is a strong correlation between work ethic and benefits to your individual performance. For instance, if you consistently improve your skills and exceed expectations, you will have more opportunities for advancement and acknowledgement. You also earn the respect of your peers and managers, which improves the work environment.

Relationships with Your Team

Consider the benefits of demonstrating a solid work ethic within your team. First and foremost, dependability is the foundation upon which all relationships are built. If customers can't count on you or your boss and co-workers doubt you will fulfill your commitments, you will have little success in the business world. Your team needs to know they can count on you and trust you, and demonstrating a good work ethic will reassure them of this. If you are scheduled to be at work at 8:00 a.m., arriving on time or early communicates to your team that you care. Likewise, following through with your commitments shows that you take them seriously. Showing respect also comes into play here. When you speak to others, do you use a positive, kind tone? Or do you become upset easily and use inappropriate words and actions when speaking with others?

By setting a high standard, you encourage others to perform at their best, meet deadlines, surpass expectations, and grow within their own careers. You can have a tremendous impact on others by exhibiting your own high work ethic.

Promotions and Job Retention

Have you wondered by some people seem to get promoted more often or receive recognition for their work? It's likely tied to their work ethic: their attention to their performance and dedication to their job. For instance, if your boss sees that you are focused and complete projects as needed, then she'll know you can be trusted with bigger and better projects in the future.

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