6 Positive Work Ethics that Employers look for in Employees

Ask yourself, do you have good work ethics at your workplace? As a new employee when you join an organization, there are lots of excitement and challenges that you will face. It is crucial that you understand the importance of having positive work ethics at the workplace. Work ethics does not only include how one feels about their job or career but also how one does his or her job with responsibilities. 

Part of the work ethics that can be summarized would be having a good attitude and behavior, respect for each other, communicating effectively, and two-way interaction; that is how one gets along with others. Work ethics demonstrate many things about who and how a person is.

Here are some 6 work ethics that have been identified as essential work ethics that should be practiced in order to develop a viable and effective workforce at your workplace.   

Work Ethics No 1 – Punctuality

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What could be worse than having an employee who is always late to work? Imagine if you were an employer, how would you react and feel if your staff is always late? In my opinion, one of the most important work ethics is punctuality. Punctuality is a sign of professionalism and self-discipline. When you are punctual, it creates a positive image of yourself that you are a reliable and trustworthy employee.

Work Ethics No 2 – Character and Attitude

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In order to get along well with your colleagues at the workplace, it is essential that you have a good attitude, pleasant behavior, and are able to interact well. Having a kind heart and always being willing to assist others is another good quality of having a positive character. You should be a person who is easily approachable by others when the need arises.

Work Ethics No 3 – Respect

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I’m sure you have heard of this phrase, respect is not something which is given, it should be earned. At the workplace, we need to liaise and interact with junior and senior staff. We should always give them respect when talking to them by being kind, polite, and courteous.  How would you feel if you are disrespected at the workplace?

Work Ethics No 4 – Appearance and Grooming

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Good grooming is essential for everyone. When you are well-groomed and well-presented at the workplace, it will lift your spirits and this will boost your self-confidence and self-esteem. This is one of the work ethics that employers look for in their employees.

Work Ethics No 5 – Communication Skills

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Without communication skills, how can we express ourselves at the workplace?  When employees work on a project together, they need to be able to voice out their opinions, ideas, and concerns. We need good communication skills when we work in a team, or else there will be communication failure and this will affect their relationships and jeopardise the company’s productivity.

Work Ethics No 6 – Self-Motivated

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Employers look for employees who require little supervision and direction to get the work done in a timely and professional manner. Employers who hire self-motivated employees do themselves an immense favour. For self-motivated employees, they require very little advice or direction from their bosses. Once a self-motivated employee understands his or her responsibility on the job, they will do it without any prodding from others.

Final thoughts:

Many employees are working from home during this pandemic time, nevertheless, the above work ethics should never be overlooked as they will be a guide to improve yourself when you get back to work.


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Lina Binwani
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