Oct, 2020

How to Develop a Good Work Ethic

How to Develop a Good Work EthicEver wondered how some employees seem to have a magic wand handy and just get things done without a fuss? For one, they don’t have procrastination in their vocabulary. Productivity and efficiency is their game. In short, they have reliable work ethics. But what does work ethic mean?


Having a good work ethic means you’re wired to exhibit values based on discipline and hard work. While it seems like a good work ethic is innate in others, some others just seem to struggle around this area. The good news is there are ways to develop a reliable work ethic and leverage it to advance your career. Here are some tips you might find handy!

Build the right habits
A good work ethic is based on the right habits. Therefore, build the type of habits that will help you become more productive and effective in what you do. They say that it takes 21 days to form a habit. This means that it will not take overnight to develop and master the habit of staying focused on a task for long, for instance. It’s something that you need to practice on a daily basis. It’s something you shouldn’t quit doing until it becomes your second nature; until you no longer put in a conscious effort to do it.

Be receptive
Whether you’ve been in the industry for ten years or more, or starting out your career, new ideas and knowledge will always come in handy. Therefore, be receptive. Even the experts in various fields continue to research, learn and listen to their mentors. Don’t shut down new ideas, listen to what others have to say whether they’re positive feedback or not. At the end of the day, you can benefit from constructive criticisms, suggestions, and new learning.

Cultivate self-discipline
Achieving success in whatever aspect in life requires a great deal of self-discipline. It’s never easy, though, to keep your eyes focused on the long-term goals and look away from short-term gratification. But skillfully mastering the art of self-discipline is what’s going to help you get ahead, especially in terms of your career.

Be punctual
Coming late for work, meetings and appointments doesn’t create the right impression. Make it a habit to practice punctuality. Not only is it an excellent way to make a good impression in your workplace. It will also allow you to start your day on the right foot. When you’re early for work or meetings, you have adequate time to prepare and get all the things you need ready. You can get things done with a clearer mind and more organized thought.

Value work-life balance
Having a good work ethic doesn’t mean you have to stay glued to your desk beyond your work hours or working overtime on the weekends. It means caring for yourself enough to carve out time to rest, relax and recharge. An employee who’s able to achieve work-life balance is a productive and efficient employee. Strive to stay balanced.

Developing a good work ethic can benefit your career in many different ways. And while it doesn’t take overnight to build, these tips are the best place to start!

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.