31 Quick and Simple Ways To Build Strong Work Ethics

June 10, 2018 242 views

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1. Be On Time:

It’s important to be on time for work and for meetings. When you are on time, it shows you are responsible and a person who can be depended on.

2. Be Loyal:

Loyalty is a very important work ethic. In my opinion, you must be loyal to your employer, customers, suppliers, etc. There is a working relationship that has been established, and your loyalty to these people ensures you are working by a strict code of ethics. You were trusted by the other party to enter into a working relationship, and it’s important you honor it.

3. Be Professional:

Conducting yourself in a professional manner goes a long way. This doesn’t mean you can’t be approachable or that you have to be serious all the time, but remembering to conduct yourself in a professional manner keeps you in check.

4. Be Approachable:

You must be approachable at work. If you’re the type of person others are intimidated by or afraid of, then your work ethics are considered week. You must be the type of person people can go to when they have a problem.

5. Avoid Workplace Gossip:

It’s easy to get caught up in workplace gossip. It’s better if you can avoid the gossip and stick to doing your work a lot of times, because you may start to believe things that aren’t necessarily true.

6. Give More Than You Are Worth:

I’m a firm believer that you should be doing more valuable work than what you’re getting paid for. When you do more, you become more valuable to the company, and when you’re so valuable, it’s hard to replace you. It also helps with issues like time off, equipment needed, etc.

7. Be Productive:

When you’re productive you’re busy, and when you’re busy, your day goes by a lot quicker and you get so much done. Compare that to trying to look busy and get away with doing the least amount of work as possible. Productivity makes you feel better about yourself, and it’s the right thing to do.

8. Treat The Company As Your Own:

Treat the company you work for as if it were your own. Put its best interest before yours. Do your best to make sure that you do provide value to the company.

9. Be A Team Player:

Be a team player, even if you work better by yourself. When you show you’re a team player, it brings out a good quality in you that you can work while alone as well as in a team.

10. Give Credit Where Credit Is Due:

It’s always nice when you get credit for what you do. I’m a firm believer in giving credit where credit is due. If someone does a good job for you, or helps you out, or finds a solution to a problem, you should thank them in a genuine manner.

11. Don’t Toot Your Own Horn:

When you perform a good task or come up with a great idea, try not to toot your own horn. It’s obvious to others that you’re bragging
If you want to bring your attention to your great idea, bring it up in a way that you’re trying to get feedback from others; for example, say, “I have this idea. What do you think? Can I get some feedback on how to improve it?”

12. Treat Others With Respect:

Respect is a common desire people have. You desire to be respected by your co-workers, and it’s equally important that you respect them as well. In my experience, when you respect others, they will respect you, and if they don’t, you will have done the right thing by showing them respect anyway. When you respect others, you are respecting yourself.

13. Make Your Job Enjoyable:

It’s important to enjoy the work you do. If you’re in a job that you don’t like, you should try to change jobs or make your job more enjoyable. This may seem like it can’t be done, but if you look for ways to make your job more enjoyable, you’ll come up with some ideas that may work you have to try.

14. Take On Challenges:

Taking on challenges keeps your job interesting and keeps you on your toes, as well as keeping you advancing in your career. Don’t be afraid to take on a new challenge.

15. Organize Your Workflow:

It’s important to organize your day. Organize the way you do things. Make lists and prepare before you start. This will make you more productive.

16. Create A Downtime List:

I have used downtime lists, which are simply lists of what to do when I have spare time. At times, I have nothing to do, and trying to figure out what to do in that time is difficult.0 So, I have a downtime list with issues that I can work on it when I have nothing to do

17. Balance Work And Play:

It’s important to balance your work life and your personal life. If you don’t have balance, one will suffer, and the outcome isn’t good, because you need to have balance in your life to be successful.

18. Shut Down After Work:

If possible, shut down after work. Try not to work home with you or you’ll never have a break, and a break is needed in order to stay productive and stay interested in your work.

19. Time Peak Operating Times:

There are times when you do your best work. For example, you may be a morning person, where you are more productive in the morning, or you do your best work in the afternoon. It doesn’t matter when the time is – what is important is that you time your most important work during your productive times

20. Use Other People’s Talent:

He can’t be good at everything. There are issues you are good at and things you aren’t. You should use the talents of others to help you in the areas you are weak in.

21. Integrity:

Ethics and integrity go hand in hand. A good rule of thumb I like to use if I wonder if I should be doing what I’m doing is: “Would I do this if my boss was here watching me?” Act as is if someone is always watching. This helps keeps your integrity in check.

22. Confidentiality:

Keep in mind when you talk about work outside of work, you need to keep some issues confidential. You don’t want to give away any trade secrets or ideas that can be used by other companies that can hurt your company.

23. Expenses:

If you have an expense account at work, make sure you are using ethically. Don’t spend company money on issues that are not work related or unnecessary.

24. Appearance:

Your appearance at work is important. You are a representation of the company you work for. Imagine going to a meeting wearing a T-shirt, ripped jeans and sandals. How professional does that make you look? This reflects on the company you work for as well.

26. Violence:

Violence is intolerable. If you feel the need for the urge that you’re going to become
violent, hit something or throw something and walk away. Go for a walk to cool down. Under no circumstances should you become violent.

27. Discrimination:

Even though we may look different on the outside, speak differently and have different cultures on the inside, we’re all the same people. There is no place for discrimination in the workplace

28. Honesty:

Honesty is the best practice. It keeps you safe, helps you stay on track, keeps you out of the spiral of lies and helps you stay on track. Honesty is your best friend.

29. Social Media:

Be careful of what you say on social media when it comes to work. Remember, saying something on social media is like standing on the table in the lunchroom during lunch and making a statement! You don’t want to bring work issues into the world of social media.

30. Breaks:

Make sure you are coming back after a break on time, and be sure not to take more time than is allowed for breaks and lunches.

31. Don’t Back Down:

You can be ethical and still make sure your rights are not violated. You can speak up and put a stop to behavior that’s inappropriate. Being ethical and strong is a good trait to have. It shows strong character!

That’s The Way I See It!
Acey Gaspard
A Touch of Business.com