“Work ethic: A set of values based on the moral virtues of hard work and diligence.” (http://www.thefreedictionary.com) This definition, although true, is flawed due to its lack of specificity. I believe that work ethic is a set of values that one chooses to follow when they have a personal goal to reach. For example, if someone wants to get a starting place on their team, they are going to work harder and keep at it until they do so. Not just because someone tells them to.
Work ethic, to an employer is a very important attribute to have in employees. But if one employee has poor work ethic, will it truly have an effect on him? When the employees work hard, the business does better. When the employees don’t work hard, the employees get fired, and the employer will find someone who does have good work ethic. With this in mind, the employer will have his employees with good work ethic, eventually.
Now in terms of the employee. To have “good” work ethic, one must posses these attributes: Reliability, dedication, productivity, and cooperation. BUT, if that person is at a job, or program that he doesn’t like or want to be a part of, why should they have to have good work ethic? Why should they suck up to their boss, if they can’t stand them? If they’re making a ton of money, then sure, work hard, be reliable and productive, but I won’t look at them any different if they stick their tongue out at them behind their employers back.
When I was 14, I went to Chicago with my dad on job site. While there, I met two people who made a major impact on my life. They were two of the happiest people I’ve ever met, and also two of the poorest people I’ve ever met. They had no jobs, no home, no food, yet the smiles remained on their faces. I sat and talked with them for a good hour or so. They told me their stories, and I told them mine. I asked if they’ve ever worked, and they replied, with a smile, of course, that they had not. They explained that they didn’t...