“Work ethic” — it’s a word you’ve probably heard many times before, but what does it really mean? Having a strong work ethic means you’re willing to put in the hard work and long hours needed to get something done. Though it may seem like something you’re just born with, it is possible to improve your work ethic by:
1. Focusing on the quality of your work.
Getting your work done in a timely manner is always important, but in the end, quality will always trump speed. Especially if you’re relatively new to your position or the company as a whole, go above and beyond on your first few assignments.
2. Always being professional.
Professionalism is another word you’ve probably heard thrown around before. Though there’s no one definition of professionalism, it includes:
- Arriving on time
- Dressing appropriately
- Not complaining or gossiping
3. Practicing discipline.
If you say you’re going to get a project to someone else before the end of the day (even if that’s not technically when it’s due) you should stick to it, even if that means leaving a little later than you usually do. Someone with a strong work ethic can be counted on to do what they say they’re going to do.
4. Working within a team.
Though leadership tends to be a word more often thrown around, teamwork is incredibly important. Especially if you’re new to your position, odds are you’ll have to work within a team for many months or years before jumping into a leadership role. When working with others, remember to consider everyone’s opinion will still expressing your own.
Debra Solomon, founder of Spectrum Strategies has many services waiting for you. From time management and productivity workshops to individual coaching, she is an expert in her field. Debra is focused on training young adults on the Autism Spectrum to accomplish life and career goals, no matter how big or small. Call (516) 510-7637 for your one on one and let’s get you reaching for the stars!