Introduction to Work Ethics in the 2020’s
In this post, I wanted to take a break from the usual topic of electronics, and PLC’s I’ll just share some ideas that I have about proper Work Ethics in the 2020’s. In today’s changing world, we hear about strikes and protests. We hear about co-workers fighting with each other, and even with management. However, as adults, we should know how to behave, and get along with others. Not only will your employer be happy, but also you will be happier too.
Point #1 — Your employer is your customer
Imagine that you need a repair on your car. You hire someone to do the repair. Obviously, you want the repair to be made properly for a reasonable price. You don’t want the mechanic to demand more payment, or walk off the job. Furthermore, the mechanic would be happier working with someone that treated them with the respect they deserve.
This is the same in the workplace. Your employee hires you to do a job. Most important is to do that job well… to the best of our ability.
Point #2 — Pay Raises
Of course it’s always easier to get a pay raise if you negotiate regular pay raises before you are hired. On the other hand, what if I ask for a raise, and do not get it? We should never make “demands” for more money, but it does not hurt to ask nicely. You should explain why you feel you are worth more. Always do the best work you possibly can, and make yourself more valuable to your employer. It does pay off in the long run. Always show up before your shift starts, and never call off unless it’s an emergency. Your employer as well as other co-workers depend on you being there. If your employer cannot give a raise at that time, then it’s your decision to stay with that employer, or seek an employer who can provide more pay and/or benefits.
Point #3 — Co-Workers
Sometimes other workers will make your job more difficult by not doing as much as they should. This does happen, and management finds out about this through observation, or other complaints. Always set the example. When you do your work, and not complain, undoubtedly, management sees that also. You will come out ahead in the long run. If the problem gets to the point that it’s hurting production, then you might ask management to take a look at how to fix a problem with a co-worker. Never gossip, and never get a big head for yourself. That is a rough hole to crawl out of if you fall into it!
Point #4 — Never benefit unfairly
Never benefit unfairly from the company that you work for. This is dishonest and causes resentment from other co-workers. For example, your company had a project to replace a piece of equipment. The old equipment set to be discarded. In any event you see an opportunity to sell certain parts of the equipment, or even scrap for personal gain. Another problem with this is that you loose credibility from that point on. Your employer would not know if you are making suggestions for the benefit of the company, or for personal gain. Most people hate to see waste. If you have ideas on how to profit from material intended to be discarded, make a suggestion to the company. This profit could be placed back into the project using ideas that benefit everyone.
Point #5 — Desire Success
To stay employed, the business you work for needs to be successful. Don’t get the idea that your employer is making big profits from your labor. At the time you were hired, you agreed to a certain wage to do a certain job. There is no risk of loosing money on that deal. Your employer, however is a business owner. As the business owner, they assume many risks. These risks include complications with productivity, success of advertising, the economic conditions, or even the weather, etc. With higher risk comes higher profits. Otherwise, no one would be willing to take those risks, and therefore, no one would be working. As an employee, you should desire to contribute to the success of the company, and help to make the company profitable. In turn, your employer will desire to keep you at their facility, which usually implies higher wages.
These are just some thoughts I wanted to share to keep in mind while performing our job to our best!
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— Ricky Bryce