March 28, 2016

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What is Work Ethic?

So what do we mean by work ethic? You might think of it as the willingness to be a self-starter and get the job done. But there is a deeper meaning, one that encompasses our philosophy here at the Center for Work Ethic Development. We look at work ethic not as a single trait, but as a set of seven skills – sometimes called soft skills, work readiness or portable job skills.

The term “soft skills” is so vague, so instead we focus on just Work Ethic – the foundational workplace skills that are the building blocks for success in every job. These seven skills have been identified through our research and validated by the competency models developed by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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At The Center for Work Ethic Development, we work hard to make sure that our mission, vision, and values are part of our every day decision-making, operations, and customer service. 

The overarching themes of our work are integrity and positivity. Everything we do builds from these traits. 

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Our Curriculum: Bring Your ‘A’ Game

This is the fundamental premise of the work of the Center for Work Ethic Development. Rather than rely on short-term incentives, the key to sustained improvement is to build foundational skills, and the values that support them. Our research has found the most effective way to develop these building blocks no matter if you are 16 or 60. These are also the values and skills that drive our business results at The Center for Work Ethic Development.

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Get to Know the 7 Fundamental Workplace Skills

ATTITUDE
Definition: Staying positive in every situation. Take control of the way you react.

ATTENDANCE
Definition: Showing you’re reliable in every phase of your life. Be on time, every time.

APPEARANCE
Definition: Being professional both in the way you act, and the way you look. Choose to be a pro.

AMBITION
Definition: Taking initiative and adding value. Do more than the minimum.

ACCEPTANCE
Definition: Having respect and following direction. Be coachable and play by the rules.

APPRECIATION
Definition: Demonstrating your gratitude towards others. Provide selfless service.

ACCOUNTABILITY
Definition: Living honestly and having integrity with every decision you make. Refuse to rationalize bad decisions.

 

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