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What is the importance of work ethic in whatever you do?

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Simeon’s Answer

Work ethic is important, but I would like to argue that it's important to not label people, including yourself, as having low or high work ethic. It's an overly simplified way of looking at discipline. For most of us, discipline comes in waves during the day and week and is stronger when it is for something we value. If you struggle with work ethic, I would say to look into which parts of the day it is easier for you to focus. For me, it's much easier to focus in the mornings. Therefore, in college, I made a point of making sure I go through my to-do list in the mornings rather than late at night when it's much harder for me to focus. Also, you can take a lack of work ethic as a cue that you might not value a certain goal as much as you thought you did. Sometimes you have to reevaluate what you are working to achieve. Yes, there are times we must work on things we don't value, but you can do yourself a great favor in working on evaluating what you're after.
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Yash,

Miriam-Webster defines work ethic as ": a belief in work as a moral good : a set of values centered on the importance of doing work and reflected especially in a desire or determination to work hard." I believe that a definition of what a work ethic looks like can vary depending on your employer. I am a great believer in earning the paycheck that I am being given. It is my goal to do the highest quality work that I am capable of. As an instructional designer, my job is to make sure that people work better after they have taken the training that I have created. However, I do not believe that working hard means working long. You should be able to do good work in the regular hours allotted for your job. That is often within your control. In my job, I have knowledge on how to determine how long it should take me and make my commitments according. Your challenge in life will be to achieve a work-life balance. So how do I do this? I work first when I am working. I do not spend a lot of time talking with coworkers when I should be working. I make efficient use of meetings and other activities, focusing on getting work done. I have fun at work, but it can not come before the work. When you are away from work, be away from work. Enjoy your life and come to a job refreshed and ready to work.

Gloria
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Elisabetta’s Answer

Hi Yash, what a wonderful question. Your work ethic is who you are. If you are a nice person, willing to help others and being mindful to always be respectful to other people and showing empathy, this will be easily and effortlessly reflected in your work ethic. There is no training or expertise to gain, having a strong work ethic comes from who you are and it's easy to do well. All you need to do is to be honest, treat others like you would like to be treated and be nice: this is the simplest yet best work ethic you could aim for.

Lastly, work ethic is vital. We work and interact with others every day, even in this more "virtual" period. It is our responsibility to be nice individuals to each other, it's something we owe to others and to ourselves.
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James’s Answer

Hey Yash!

That's a great question and the short answer would be that it's very important in whatever you do. Anything that you're taking time out of your day to do should be something that you're willing to put effort into and at the end of the day the results will reflect the work that you put in.

If you're putting everything you can into school, different projects, relationships, etc then you can know that you did your best and put yourself in the best position possible. The only thing you can control is what you put in and the results will follow. Hope this helps!
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Karen A.’s Answer

A good work ethic, honesty, and integrity, are among the most important characteristics you can develop to ensure your long-term success. I do not mean to stereotype, but I have noticed over the past ten years that many younger people entering the workforce do not seem to have as strong of a work ethic. They get the job done, mostly, but they don't seem to have a sense of urgency about it. Of course a work/life balance is important, but when your boss asks you to do something, if you simply make it your top priority, and do an excellent job, you will stand out over many of your contemporaries. One of my favorite sayings at work is "Under promise and over deliver." When you practice a good work ethic, it can help lead to promotion, and help keep you safe in times of cutbacks. You will know your efforts are paying off when people start coming back to you to complete projects and tasks because they know you will act with a sense of urgency and deliver a great result. Another great saying is "If something is worth doing, it is worth doing well."

Karen A. recommends the following next steps:

If you do not know how others perceive your work ethic, ask a few people for some honest feedback.
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Tricia’s Answer

Yash, this is a great question! I would say that work ethic and communication skills are the two most vital attributes an employee must have. We are moving to a virtual world, and even those of us who used to work in an office are now home based. But whether you are in an office or at home, self motivation and the discipline to perform your job to the utmost are still innate skills. Start now building good habits. There is a book called Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results by Stephen Guise that might be a good resource for you. The premise is that you build good habits by starting small and making a small commitment to following through. From there, the good habits (work ethic) follow through. Dependability, responsibility, industriousness are all intertwined with work ethic and make you a very valuable employee

Thanks a lot. I will definitely be doing that! Yash K.

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Ashley’s Answer

Work ethic and honesty are the two most important skills to have in any career. If you find yourself in a position where you question either of these two, you are not in the right job.

Ashley, I couldn't agree more! Karen A. Larson

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Cateena’s Answer

HI Yash,

What a great question; it's brave to ask. I believe that work ethic is a commitment to complete the work your employer gives you.
It goes deeper than that. Work ethic begins with a commitment to yourself to do the best job you can possibly do because you have pride in your work and the it's tied to you specifically. I like to say it's an internal drive (like an engine) that is always running. You have the key and control weather it's on or off. When you have a great work ethic, outside influences cannot keep you from doing your best always!
This make you reliable, dependable and employers know they can count on you.
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