By Nico Strydom
Work ethics are the moral principles which people apply in their work and according to which they direct their conduct at work.
The principles will guide them to deliver work of high quality on a continuous basis and the results thereof motivate them to stay on the right track. People with a good work ethic need not be monitored constantly, and managers can depend on them for bigger and more important tasks.
There are various factors that demonstrate a good work ethic. To cultivate good habits, such as being focused, motivated and completing tasks immediately, help to create a good work ethic that will impress employers.
To always conduct yourself in a professional manner is one of the main factors that demonstrate good work ethics. It entails being dressed professionally, arriving at work earlier so that you can start your work in time, being polite towards colleagues and understanding the work and being willing to do it to the best of your ability.
Work ethics also entail understanding that you are part of a bigger team and that everyone has a role to play. It is therefore not just taking into account what a single person has to do, but what everyone must do for the company to be successful.
People with a good work ethic have a strong desire to be successful. Such a person does not wait for someone else to correct something but takes the lead in getting the right persons on board and putting the necessary resources in place until the problem has been solved.
A good work ethic helps people to remain focus on a task for as long as is necessary to complete it. This kind of perseverance will enable people with good work ethics to train themselves to work harder and for longer periods.
Integrity is the largest part of work ethics in all aspects. It entails every part of your work – from how you associate with your colleagues and clients to at all times doing the right thing, even when no-one is looking.
Although it is important to show your employer that you work hard, it is also essential to maintain a balance between work and your personal life. When you have to many irons in the fire, you can become overwhelmed and start messing up. So also make time to relax.