According to DeKalb Technical College, they practice and identify work ethics in 10 different characteristics; Attendance, Cooperation, Character, Communication, Respect, Productivity, Organizational Skills, Appearance, Teamwork, Attitude (dekalbtech). Attendance, I usually have good attendance this is because my father was a farmer and he couldn’t miss a day of work so that inspired me try and make it to every school day and to every work day. Cooperation comes from all jobs that I have had in the past, they usually all deal with a team environment, working together to get the best possible result, the best examples of these are Tim Horton’s and Longs Manufacturing a car parts factory where sometimes working with difficult people would test my cooperative skills. Character, I would describe my character as very none controversial, just like my mother. I like to resolve things as quickly as possible without any confrontation. Communication, I’m only a talkative person when I know the people I am around, if I don’t know what I’m talking about I usually don’t speak up or voice an opinion; I think because my parents are more reserved then that’s why I don’t take as many chances as I should in the workplace or school. Respect, I learned from my Grandparents. I use to spend a lot of time at my there. My Grandpa Taylor definitely was the one who taught me the listen to your elders or the person in authority, and speak when you are spoken to. I have never been disrespectful to an employer because of the way I was brought up by him. Productivity comes from the pressure of being in the workforce, I worked at Blue Mountain Resorts as a housekeeper, a certain amount of rooms would had to be done in a certain amount of time. It pushed you to get as many done as possible and as a bonus you got to go home early if you completed it. Organizational Skills, I have always been organized, I get those skills from my mom, as a child she has always taught me to keep things in their certain containers, when she would help with my projects as a child she would make sure that I have dividers to keep it as neat and tidy as possible. I now have to have a planner to make sure I know when everything is and what time it is at. Appearance also comes from my mother, she is kind over does it, she always made she I was well dressed as a child and even as a teenager. She cares about appearance more than anyone I know. Teamwork, my teamwork skills come from both my family and my work experience. As a child ever member of my family had a role, we would work together to keep our farm going and keeping the house clean, as a female in the family, my role was usually house duties and my brothers were to help my dad at the barn. We all had our roles and we stuck to them. I also learned teamwork skills from Tim Horton’s, we would have our specific positions and stick to them unless another member needed help then it would our duty to help them whenever possible. Attitude, I sometimes have a negative attitude about work. I mostly get that from my mother who constantly complains about work being work. She is the one who I usually go to vent about work and situations that I am unhappy with. But she keeps going and keeps smiling and I think that is why I don’t give up at school and keep having a goal of graduating and get a job that I will enjoy.
I’m not saying that my work ethics are the most ethical, but I don’t give up and I keep a positive attitude about the skills I do possess. I think I mostly try hard at everything I do because I enjoy being praised for the work I do and strong dislike being humiliated. That’s why I have tried to do well in school and not get fired in a small community to avoid anyone to find out that I was a failure in any way.
My work ethic mostly came from my parents and the employers and fellow employees that I have had in my few years of working. Coming from a surroundings that revolve around farming; my brothers are I learned the value of work at a very young age; we would get up early and help with chores, and sometimes after school. Both of my parents practice an honest work ethic and I would like to think the same about myself. Being in 4H at a young age taught me to commit to a club. I did my very best, and the very best meant money, which is obviously always a huge motivator, especially as a child. After I realized that getting up at 5am everyday was not a career choice for me, I got a job at Tim Horton’s. I definitely learned a lot of skills there. I learned that work safety is key this included WHMIS training every year, we also had to complete sixteen work training CD’s, and wasn’t allowed to; example, prepare food, until the CD was completed. It really showed me that a company is a serious place with lots of rules that you must follow or you get in trouble. I also learned that hard work is rewarded. Fast drives thru times were very important to the chain and if you achieved their desired goal, you were rewarded with gift certificates. It was also nice to get recognized for the dedication you put into achieving that time. I also learned how to interact with different ages, ethnic back rounds, and even language barriers with the customers and fellow employees. Working with the public day to day taught me a lot. I have always been intimidated by people of higher authority, that’s why I work hard. I strongly dislike getting in trouble for doing a poor job. From working at Blue Mountain Resorts as a Housekeeper, I learned the value of money. I wasn’t living at home anymore so I learned how to save and cut back on unnecessary costs. I also learned that productivity is everything in a business like that. I would receive a production paper in the morning that would tell us how much we needed to complete by “check in time”. If you accomplished more you were rewarded with more money if you did less you were scolded, not so much by the managers but by the other housekeepers who were sent to help you with your paper. I worked at Long’s car parts manufacturing factory this summer. I was inspired by an older woman who worked on my line, she had been working nights for 7 years and then ran a farm when she returned home in the morning. She is raising three children, two who were in university. Even though I enjoyed her company, she inspired me to go back to school so I didn’t end up working in a factory for the rest of my life. I also learned the meaning of teamwork. When everyone wasn’t doing their job to their fullest ability the end numbers would show up short at the end of the night. If I was in a line with productive people things ran smoothly and we exceeded our numbers which drove me to work hard and get recognized for the work I have done. When we got into a pattern that was functioning well, work didn’t seem like work anymore. When you’re succeeding at what you’re doing, be it factory work or a CEO of a major company, work seems enjoyable. I believe work is work when you feel like you’re not getting recognized for work you are doing. Also, doing other peoples work makes it frustrating and another reason why work feels like work. Absolutely hating your job and having a negative attitude about work makes work a chore instead of a luxury. The three things that give meaning and purpose to my life are the drive to be successful, having a strong connection with my family and having social relationship to keep life interesting. In my spare time I usually do things with my mother, go out with friends to get out of the house, the movies with my boyfriend, and the social scene at night aka the bar. In the winter I try and go snowboarding and skate as much as I can. I also play on a fun baseball league in the summer to keep in touch with my friends. I believe my core values and principles reflect my activities and behaviors because I try my hardest to please people and I think my friends and family recognize that as a good trait that’s why I surround myself with good people.