Good work ethics is an important element for success in any career. Accordingly, the ability to demonstrate strong work ethics makes an employee an asset to the company. The question remains – Can work ethics be acquired or learned? Absolutely!
Here are 5 ways you can develop good work ethics.
1. Always be on time for work
Many of us have experienced arriving five or ten minutes late to work. Being late for work gives the impression that you are either lazy or not interested in your job, although this may not always be the case. There may be times when you do actually want to get to work on time but something seems to be in the way from you doing so. It is important to reflect and identify the root cause of the problem to work on a solution.
Some useful tips include planning your travel time and leaving early to clock in on time. Starting your day strong also increases productivity and sets the tone for the rest of the day – if having coffee and a hearty breakfast or even getting urgent emails out of the way upon arrival in the office, works for you, then stick to that routine! Developing a routine which works for you is bound to leave a good impression on your employers as you will never be late for work in the future!
2. Avoid distractions as much as possible
The world of social media today provides many distractions – from Facebook to Instagram, abundant content, notifications and different types of smart devices tend to steer away our attention from important work tasks at hand.
It may sound like a no-brainer, but when at work, do work and get the job done! Avoid checking your personal social media accounts at work, turn off notifications and attempt to only check your emails two or three times in a day. This way you have ample time to focus on urgent and important work tasks.
3. Stay healthy and treat your body right
When you feel lethargic as soon as you wake up in the morning, chances are you will dread to get dressed or even get to work. Exercising including the simple option of walking or taking public transportation instead of using the car, getting right amounts of sleep and developing healthy eating habits will help you stay healthy and perform better at work.
4. Create your own standards of excellence
For starters, identify colleagues with good work ethics and try talking to them to determine what they do differently from you to be more productive – you might just learn a thing or two!
However, if the work routine of your colleagues do not suit you, then try to improve on them and set your own standards of excellence. Set your daily goals and to-do lists. Place the list where you can clearly see it – checking off items on your to-do list will motivate you to be more productive in future!
5. Be reliable and professional
A person with good work ethics will basically get the job done, whether it is a simple or difficult task. At the end of the day, delivering the final output as promised and on time speaks volumes. Doing things that may not necessarily be “your job” but are integral to complete a task or project without complaining goes a long way in earning you more than a simple ‘thank you’; employers would be inclined to reward such employees with a raise or even a promotion!
Being professional is more than just wearing impressive business attire, it includes demeanour and values. Avoiding office gossip, practising courtesy and politeness at work with your colleagues and clients will help build your reputation as a reliable employee of your company.
Doing all the above at one go may seem difficult. Work on one area and assess yourself as you go along. If things aren’t working out, make adjustments and find other ways to gradually build strong work ethics.