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A good work ethic should lead to adequate money and substantial wealth. I've included several work ethic quotes to inspire you.

A good work ethic implies being industrious, but also requires what the word implies, that is, WORK. As an employer, I was responsible for hiring many people. I knew what I needed in an employee, but the hard part was determining who had the qualities of a good work ethic from those who did not.

Those with a good work ethic would become dedicated employees who valued punctuality, productivity and teamwork. Those without it tried to do as little work as possible were a negative influence on others.

I eventually created a 5-point checklist when trying to evaluate a candidate for employment. Here are the characteristics that I needed to evaluate:

Reliability - If they were not likely to show up for work, they were unacceptable.

Productivity - Being focused on what they were doing had to be a priority.

Character - There are many qualities that make up a person's character.

Teamwork - The ability to get along with others and work as a team is extremely important.

Appreciative - This is a two-way street. They appreciate the job that they have and management appreciates having them as an employee.

"What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan."   JASON  FRIED

"The harder I work, the luckier I get."   SAMUEL GOLDWYN

Reliability  (An Integral Part of a Good Work Ethic)

Punctuality is a must. That doesn't mean arriving at your job at the starting time. It mean arriving before your starting time, so that you can start working at your start time.

I know that many companies have "time clocks" so that people respect punctuality. My business was small enough that it did not have to resort to a "time clock". Everyone knew that arriving before the starting time was enforced.

Reliability also meant using "sick days" only for their intended use. I know that this is an often abused benefit. But, to use a "sick day" for another purpose would reflect on the character of the employee, which you will see below can be a cause for dismissal.

"The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires things he isn't prepared to work for."   HABEEB AKANDE

"You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else."   ALBERT EINSTEIN

Responsible Productivity   (An Integral Part of a Good Work Ethic)

It is not unreasonable for an employer to expect that a more experienced worker will produce more than a new employee. The more experienced will be able to resolve problems while continuing to increase production.

This is accomplished by focusing on the goals that complete projects on time. This requires a constant best effort. These types of workers must be appreciated and paid what they are worth.

"Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones."   RALPH WALDO EMERSON

"Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success."   NAPOLEON HILL

"Sheer effort enables those with nothing to surpass those with privilege and position."   TOYOTOMI HIDEYOSHI

"Your ability to discipline yourself to set clear goals, and then to work toward them every day, will do more to guarantee your success than any other single factor."   BRIAN TRACY

Character   (An Integral Part of a Good Work Ethic)

I've listed Reliability and Productivity before Character. The reason for that is an employee must show up to work and be productive or not get paid. That is the reason to be in business.

But, Character is about the person. Is he/she honest and trustworthy? Is he self-disciplined and a hard worker? Does he have a positive attitude that motivates others?

A person of high moral standards will have integrity and be respectful of others time. He will work smartly with a standard of excellence while excelling at his work and identifying any weaknesses.

This type of person will not make personal phone calls and send personal emails while working. They will not waste office supplies and will always dress appropriately for the job. They know how important it is that the business achieves its goals.

"Every time you stay out late; every time you sleep in; every time you miss a workout; every time you don't give 100% - You make it that much easier for me to beat you."   UNKNOWN

"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."   ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Teamwork   (An Integral Part of a Good Work Ethic)

A person of Character will understands the importance of Teamwork. He will solve problems and manage his workload. He will always be cooperative and loyal to the team.

A truly team-oriented person will help others achieve their goals while not being jealous of another person's position or salary. He will not be envious of the profits that the business earns. He knows that someone had to spend many years creating the business.

"Some say if you want success surround yourself with successful people. I say if you want true and lasting success surround yourself with people of integrity."   CHARLES F. GLASSMAN

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."   CALVIN COOLIDGE

Appreciative   (An Integral Part of a Good Work Ethic)

An employee with Character is appreciative of the job that was created by the business owner. He knows that he can be replace. But, finding a replacement could be very difficult if he has the qualities listed above.

Being appreciative must be reciprocated. The business owner, if he has Character, will appreciate everything about the employee who is loyal, industrious and dependable.

If a good work ethic is a good thing on the job, it could be equally good in one's personal life.

"Parents should plant deeply the seed of the work ethic into the hearts and habits of their children."   JOSEPH B. WIRTHLIN


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