"What is Ethics?" handwritten with white chalk on a blackboard

“What is Ethics?”

What is a work ethic? Simply put, it is the set of moral principles you live by at work. No matter the position you hold within a company – mail room clerk or top executive – you have a work ethic. How important is your work ethic to your professional success?

A solid work ethic is something employers look for, because it signifies you take pride in your work. That kind of reputation can open up greater opportunities for you in the work place, and give you an edge over your competition. A strong work ethic can take you places others only dream of.

Hootsuite CEO Ryan Holmes said, “People are born with brains & sometimes money, but work ethic levels the playing field.”

Origins of a Work Ethic

Parents, grandparents, or another type of adult role model is often responsible for instilling a work ethic in us as youngsters. For an inspiring story of how a 60-something farmer taught a young college man about the value of a good work ethic, check out this link: https://www.values.com/your-inspirational-stories/80-an-old-dutchman-teaches-me-work-ethic.

Responsibility and integrity are closely tied to a person’s work ethic. If you do not care about the quality of your work, if you aren’t proud to sign your name to it, you may need to evaluate your work ethic.

It Takes Commitment

To have a good work ethic, you must make the commitment to only produce quality work. If you decide never to give less than your best effort on any given project, you are well on your way to a solid work ethic. There may be individuals who seem to advance with ease, but usually there is a lot of work involved, even if it behind the scenes. As Heywood Hale Broun once said, “Sweat is the cologne of accomplishment.”

There’s a great deal of satisfaction when you work hard for something and achieve it. At KDS Staffing, we understand the value of a good work ethic. That’s why we work hard for our clients, whether we are doing contract recruiting or providing perm placement.

David Klein is a leading Executive IT Recruiter & Headhunter with over 15 years industry experience. As Manager of Recruitment Strategy for KDS Staffing, Inc., he has achieved industry-leading success. David has successfully led, trained and introduced many in the art of Executive Recruitment and Headhunting. If you or your organization would like to discuss hiring needs, contact David at 646-650-2833 or david@kdsstaffing.com.