Tips to develop a strong work ethic

By KATE WALSH SOUCHERAY

How does someone develop a strong work ethic? In many cases, it seems to be something of the past in our world today. We hear many business owners and managers lamenting they are unable to find young people who have a desire to give their best effort at work and are able to contribute to the work setting with devotion and purpose.

So how do we raise children to have a strong work ethic? According to the website ehow.com/how_2045949_develop-work-ethic, it seems that developing a strong work with involves dedication to a few clearly defined principles.

First of all, the site recommends that you arrive 15 minutes early to your place of employment. This will allow you to think about the tasks ahead and to prepare yourself for all that is needed.

Secondly, maintain a professional demeanor at all times. Try not to allow your private concerns to spill over to the work setting and never gossip, saying negative or demeaning things to, or about, others, whether they are your co-workers, bosses or customers.

Thirdly, if you hear a negative comment, put a positive spin on it. Try to find the silver lining to a difficult situation and look for the good in everyone and everything.

Fourth, take the initiative. Be a self-starter and look for something that needs to be done and do it. Don’t wait for someone to ask.

Fifth, honor your commitments. Understand the company’s mission statement and do all you can to live it out in every interaction throughout the day.

Sixth, strive to do your best work the first time. Take pride in the quality of your contribution, as you realize it is a reflection of your character and integrity.

Seventh, respect what others contribute to the work environment, as well. Be a team player as you respect and encourage others and help build the spirit of your place of work every day with every encounter.

And finally, go the extra mile to be sure your communication is clear and clean, as it communicates your empathy and respect for others, which will add to a positive work environment for all.

Developing a strong work ethic will be an asset to every person who takes the time to consider and extend a kind, patient and consistent attitude toward others at their work setting. It will also help to build better communities and organizations on every level, as it encourages each individual to give the best of themselves, whether it is toward the task at hand or the relationships within the company.

Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third St. South and can be reached at kate@christianheartcounseling.com or 651-439-2059 ext. 718.

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