When it comes to employment or running your own successful business, there is one must-have trait that 73% of companies desire the most in their candidates.
Can you guess what it is? It is work ethic.
Your good work ethic tells future employers what they might expect from you on the job. But did you know it can also set you up for success? A good work ethic can be the determining factor in just how well you will do in school and in life after you matriculate.
What is Work Ethic?
Work ethic is a set of values based on discipline and hard work. It affects how you handle your responsibilities and how seriously you take your work. With a good work ethic, you are motivated and ready to be professional in the classroom and then in the workplace.
Here are five characteristics of a good work ethic and just why it is so important to you and your future:
5 Characteristics of a Good Work Ethic
- Attendance and punctuality
Whether in school or work, you learn
and accomplish most when you show up
on time and prepared. You cannot learn if
You are not there! And when you arrive
late, it is unlikely that you are really ready
to do your best work. Good attendance
and punctuality are two important parts
of a good work ethic – and they are
easily addressed and accomplished.
- Goal setting
Before you can accomplish your goals, you need to know what they are. People with a good work ethic are goal-oriented and dedicated to achieving the success they envision. They understand that there are many steps to success and they are willing to take them all.
- Hard work
At the foundation of a good work ethic is a whole lot of hard work. In school, it may mean staying afterwards for extra help from your teacher or fine-tuning your projects to reach perfection.
- Positive attitude
Your positive attitude can set you apart from your peers –and it can be infectious, spilling over to other students and it allows teachers to see that you are dedicated to your studies. Approaching every task—big and small—with a good attitude shows that you are a team player dedicated to not just your own success, but also to the success of others.
The more you accomplish, the more likely you are at succeeding in the future. Your good work ethic is likely to be recognised, acknowledged and rewarded and can serve as a building block to your future success.