Work ethics make or break a career
Work ethics are more important in some careers than others. Right?
No matter what your career, employers say work ethics is the one characteristic that can make or break your success.
This emphasis on work ethics can create a problem if you work with bosses or others who are a few years, or a generation, older. They often see work ethics through different eyes than yours.
Because they make the decisions about whether you keep your job or lose it, and whether you will receive promotions or stay at the same level, it makes sense for you to develop a work ethic that meets your bosses' expectations.
Here’s an example of the differences in expectations between one manager and a 20-year-old employee:
She came in five minutes late three days in a row, talked to her friends while waiting on customers, kept her cell phone nearby so she could read her texts when she heard a message tone, and asked her boss if she could change her schedule to take next weekend off.
The frustrated manager started thinking of firing the employee. He wondered, “Doesn’t she know any better? Does she understand what a solid work ethic means?”
Identify all the non-ethical behavior of the young employee and then describe how she should have behaved in each instance.
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