As social beings, working is a integral part of our social interactions. We come across a lot of people in the course of efficiently discharging our duties at work. While doing this, we abide by conducts of good and morally right behaviours and oppose bad and negative attitudes. This is what ethics is.
Work ethics on the other hand, is when the work force put these morals and code of conduct into practice. The values that guides an employee to get the job done. As everything exist in pairs of opposite, so those work ethics. Good work ethics and bad work ethics.
As individuals, everyone dreams of being successful. No one wants to be identified with failure. But to achieve this greatness, one must possess a strong working ethics. This in turn motivates you to do better and work hard.
Let’s imagine that Mr. A runs a sugar factory and has 5 (five) workers who do not have good working ethics. They have no respect for authorities, they disobey organisations rules and they drink to stupor. What do you think would be the success rate of productivity for Mr. A’s company?
Most times, little things we feel do not matter go a long way in stirring us to the right part. If your answer to the above was low success rate, you are right. The first step into achieving success is teamwork. Together everybody achieves more. When a few set of workers are deviant, they create a void and disrupt the orderly flow of business as usual.
The 5 (five) workers who do not have good working ethics, are liabilities to the growth and success of Mr A’s company and in a way, other workers might be influenced , and there will be an overall decrease in motivation. At this point, you might feel pity for Mr. A and wonder what kind of employees would do that to his business.
There are two possible reasons why, could it be that the organisation lacks good working ethics or the employees are the problem. Sadly, it could be both or just one. some employees indulge in such practices, irrespective and do not see themselves as the problem.
ESSENTIAL WORK ETHICS MODEL
1) FOR THE ORGANISATION:
• A moral authoritative model is ideal. Equal treatment to all, irrespective of gender and ethnicity and most importantly equivalent possibilities for promotions as at when due.
• Communication of organisation policies to employees, clearly stated without hidden motives or agendas as the employees are the workforce of the organisation and are vital to the growth and development.
• All employees should be accorded due respect and treated with due consideration.
• Staff training for maximum productivity on the organisational level and for personal growth.
• Compensation should be clearly stated, payment made as at when due and a provision of standard holiday schedule for employees.
These are various ways which the organisation can demonstrate a good work ethics for its employees to ensure compliance and growth. The employees are not excluded. Presently, the employment market is very competitive and to rise above it, one needs a good and positive work ethics.
2) FOR THE INDIVIDUAL:
• Step 1- Demonstrate professionalism in all work endeavours.
• Step 2 – Be competent and strive to always deliver task. This should be done promptly, with little or no mistakes and of best quality.
• Step 3- Be time conscious. Use your time wisely to improve efficiency and achieve maximum success rate. Most importantly , avoid procrastination.
• Step 4- Imbibe core values such as ; integrity, fairness, honesty reliability, dedication, accountability and confidentiality. Above all, be a problem solver.
A person that has a positive work ethics will consult the ethical family of all that he does and will build up clear limits between what he/she considers proper and does not. As individuals, we have different subjective foundations, convictions and mentality on a wide range of subjects.
Therefore, it is the duty of the organisation to keep an alluring workplace with it Standards to project and propel its employees into the same line. Work ethics is two way process. Organisations give a higher respect to individuals with good work ethics. But it goes beyond just saying it, but exhibiting it. Permit the business to witness your ethical drive by your achievements.
However productive you are, there is always room for improvements. Stop the attitude of demonstrating good work ethics as an amateur and changing as the you become familiar with the job.
Applying your skill set is a continuous process which will pay off on the long run. Employers are not left out. Strive to treat your staff even better and watch your company success sky rocket.