December 12, 2016

What is Work Ethic?

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.

The seven workplace skills that comprise Work Ethic are: attitude, attendance, appearance, ambition, acceptance, appreciation, and accountability.



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



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



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



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



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



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



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

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