December 12, 2016

What is a 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. Sometimes work ethic is otherwise known as soft skills, work readiness or portable job skills.

There are tiers of soft skills, or work ethic, and we focus on foundational skills, on which all other skills are based. We have distilled them to a set of seven behavioral competencies that are the foundation of workplace success.

These competencies are: attitude, attendance, appearance, ambition, accountability, acceptance, and appreciation.



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

bad decisions.



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



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