INTRODUCTIONThere are several ways to look at ethics,especially in the context of work and the workenvironment. Defining ethics can be difficultbecause it is much more than outcomeenhancement. There are expectations to be atwork on time, perform quality work, remainpositive, be a team player, and self-direct(Hoagland-Smith, 2012).This presentation will focus on ten traits of ethicsthat may enhance career opportunities.
ATTENDANCE Attendance must be regular. Punctuality is crucial and may increase job performance and the entire effectiveness of a business. Placing attendance as a priority may also relate to a higher level of efficiency and effectiveness. This is a valuable quality that employers look for when they want to fill a position. Regular attendance labels a person as reliable and dependable (“Work Ethics:,” 2012).
RESPECTRespect does not have to be complicated. It basically requires that a person takecare in how they deal with others – fellow employees, managers, and customers.Ways to create respect might include generating mutual empathy, allowing others totake control of part of a task, and even having them judge the best way to go aboutcompleting a project. Respect within a company usually means that the boss willalso demonstrate respect toward employees, such as in this example: If you areasked to organize a filing system, your manager or boss could say to you that youmay organize it chronologically or alphabetically, whichever one you feel is best.This demonstrates respect from someone in a higher rank within the company andencourages mutual respect. It is more likely that the employee will want to completethe project in a timely and efficient manner. Leaders within a company must gainrespect by example. For example, if employees rarely see their boss and whenthey do, it is only when he or she comes out of the office and decides to tell jokes,goof off, or keep people from their work, it is easy to see that employees would havelittle respect (“5 Smart Routes to,” 2012).
CHARACTERHow we characterize people is how we perceivethem and character traits portray an image insomeone’s mind. Character then developswhile actions become habits. Eventually thesehabits define the character of each of us. It isimportant that potential employees understandthat self-awareness of actions and habits canhelp in the process of working on faults andbuilding on strengths (Barberman, 2012).
APPEARANCE The first thing to understand about appearance is that it helps others perceive you in a specific way. Appearance is normally thought of as the outward reflection (clothes, etc.) but it may also include behaviors. Appearance may affect behavior and behavior may affect appearance. Dressing in a neat, clean, and appropriate way will help increase the chances of the professional appearance that most employers seek in their employees (Barberman, 2012).
COOPERATIONNo matter what the size of an organization is, employees mustlearn to collaborate so that there is a better understanding of therole that has been assigned to each individual. While oneemployee may not need to know the specifics of anotheremployee’s position, there should be a basic understanding of howthat position ties in with other positions. Those at the top shouldcooperate with those on the bottom and likewise, those on thebottom must do the same thing. Companies cannot grow becauseno decisions would be made if there was no cooperation amongworkers. Good advice for job-seekers would be to learn that wherethere is competition, egos tend to get in the way. Thus, thedemand for increased cooperation becomes apparent. This appliesto any type of business and demands that everyone work towardthe same objectives. In this regard, all employees become winners(Wilkinson, 2012).
ATTITUDEThere are many positive affects of having a goodattitude about work. First, it makes the job moreenjoyable and helps move the day along at aquicker pace. It can also improve attendance. Apositive attitude may help employees to engage involunteering for new assignments while improvingtheir effort to complete projects they are assignedto. When an employee’s positive attitudebecomes apparent to an employer, it can triggeropportunities for the employee to participate inways to improve things at work. The employeewith a positive attitude may also see good thingsin a bad situation. A combination of all of thesecontribute to ethics in the workplace (Stressaffect,2012).
COMMUNICATIONThere are several types of communication in the workplace – written, verbal,and non-verbal – and all should be present in the workplace.Communication is not just about talking to someone else. It involves theability to be able to socialize with others and be sensitive to the feelings ofeveryone. Written communication should be supported in several ways,such as computers, pen and paper, as well as photocopying. Effectivecommunication also involves the ability to absorb and store a message.Taking notes can help (“Welcome to,” 2012).In addition to the above, communication must involve a willingness to learnhow to communicate with others. This requires a combination of many of thepreviously noted traits, such as respect, cooperation, and attitude. Often,bad communication involves poor listening skills. Employees that need toimprove listening skills should consider taking a self-help course or seminarthat specializes in this area of concern.
ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLSOrganizational skills are an important component of ethicsin the workplace. When employees and their employerare organized, the environment becomes more productiveand efficient. It also helps to promote the job orprofession of the individual employee. Organizationalskills can be better understood by employees if theemployer is willing to establish objectives that point to thecompany’s overall mission. One of the most importantaspects of organization is time management, which canbe accomplished via weekly, monthly, or even daily workschedules. Organization also includes keeping the workareas orderly and clean. Cluttered spaces encouragedisorganization and reduce efficiency. This can furtherlead to projects that are incomplete or incorrectlycompleted. When papers and other projects aremisplaced, employees may lose track of time, which againnegatively affects overall productivity and/or meeting thegoal of completion for a project (Huntington, n.d.).
TEAMWORKSuccessful teamwork can be seen in employees that reflectcompetence and devotion to their goals and their peers. Some of thecharacteristics of teamwork include: Appropriate task distribution Clear communication High integrity ComplimentingThese basically include learning what task each employee is to workon and complete, practicing the skills of good communication,making the right choices, and a team leader that is willing to offercompliments to the team for producing good results (Jobs & CareerGuide, 2012).
PRODUCTIVITY Workplace productivity is affected by many of the previous traits of the employees and employers. In addition to those, this positive outcome may be encouraged by employers that are willing to provide motivational incentives to their employees. Another way to encourage productivity is to allow employees to see and participate in the presentation of a finished product so that they can gain a better sense of the importance of the project and their role in the outcome. This, in turn, promotes teamwork. Managers will improve productivity when they treat employees fairly and recognize the role they play as an important one. Praise is also encouraged, as well as the implementation of disciplinary guidelines and encouragement toward meeting goals (Melville, 2012).
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