Today my co-workers and I completed 8-hours of work in 3-hours. All three of us found ourselves perplexed and feeling slightly guilty, but there was nothing left to do except clean (which is not our primary job as accountants).
It’s work-ethic like this that I know many people lack, especially in the retail and food service industries. I don’t claim to be an expert in many things, but I have a pretty damn good work ethic (when I want to) at only 21-years-old.
Continue reading this blog post if you want to learn how to develop a more admirable work ethic.
First, recognize that how you behave at work is only a reflection on you and no one else. We all have shit customers, but if you treat them poorly, your boss will most likely disapprove of your behavior, even if they agree the customer is in the wrong.
I was an angry teenager, and this was reflected in my work ethic at my first and second jobs. I would constantly undermine the manager - the latter being my sister - because I thought I was smarter than them. (To be fair, everyone hated my first manager). Also, I would clock out for lunch whenever I should have been on the job, and even the customers could tell I was ready for my shift to end.
By no means am I saying you can’t hate your job. You shouldn’t, and if you do you should probably look for a new career. I do understand that this isn’t always realistic. However, regardless how you feel about your job, your performance is a reflection on you. So stop looking for incentives to do your job at the best of your abilities. The only incentive you should need is that you want everyone to know that you’re capable of accomplishing a job done well.
Secondly, the time goes faster when you give yourself more things to do. So if you want to appear as if you have a good work ethic without actually caring that much about your job, keep yourself busy.
While my current job has a consistent workflow - except today - all of my other jobs had a random mixture of fast and slow days. One time even my manager was bored out of her mind because she finished all of her work long before lunch.
The trick to maintaining a healthy work ethic, as I stated before, is keeping yourself busy. Find something to do. Even on the rare occasion that you finish absolutely everything and you can’t conceive of any other task to complete, pull out your homework or grocery list and look as if you’re working diligently. (Sort of like me writing this blog post).
The more you have to do, the faster the day will seem, and the more you’ll get done. It’s really a win-win.
Finally, the best way to developing an admirable work ethic is to work in a job you love. It doesn't have to be your dream career, but for as long as you actually like your job, you will try your damnedest to be a successful employee and earn your paycheck or salary.
We all have moments where we’d rather tweeze our eyes out of their sockets than spend another minute on the clock. But the trick to having an admirable and healthy work ethic is enjoying your job and/or believing in the work you’re doing.