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WORK ETHOS Presented by Richa Tiwari MBA(1st sem) MANIT, Bhopal

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Work ethic Work ethic is a set of values based on hard work and diligence. It is also a belief in the moral benefit of work and its ability to enhance character. An example would be the Protestant work ethic. A work ethic may include being reliable, having initiative, or maintaining social skills.

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Good Work Ethics  Honesty: Any job assigned to you should be done with utmost honesty, without cheating, lying or stealing. It is psychologically proven that if a person doesn’t follow work ethics, his/her conscience will be bothered. Dependability: Those who are dependable are considered reliable as well. Hence, it is necessary to develop the quality of being a responsible person. This will, in turn, foster excellent results and set you as a good example for those around you. Efficiency: Efficiency is vital for your own growth as well as the betterment of the company you are working with. It is very easy to spot inefficient employees, who waste a lot of time and resources. However, efficiency is still a hallmark of good workers.

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Positive Work Habits: Inculcate good working habits that will impress the people you are working with and your superiors as well. Coming to work late, dressing inappropriately and shuffling jobs are considered as signs of not following good work ethics.  Initiative: To be successful in whatever you do, it is vital to take initiatives on your part. Don’t wait to be told what to do. If you are doing the right thing in an acceptable manner, do not hesitate to take initiatives. Humility: Humbleness and modesty are amongst the necessary elements of good work ethics. Only a fool is arrogant, while a wise person always shows traits of humility. Positive Attitude: Maintaining a positive attitude at work is very important to accomplish your tasks successfully. This is because your colleagues get affected by your mannerism and respond accordingly. Teamwork: Always remember that you are a part of the team, no matter what role you play in it. Do what is not only good for you, but also, beneficial for the team as a whole.

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Ethics + Morality + Law The systematic study of morality is a branch of philosophy called ethics. When Ethics seeks to address questions such as how one ought to behave in a specific situation ("applied ethics"), how one can justify a moral position ("normative ethics"), and how one should understand the fundamental nature of ethics or morality itself, including whether it has any objective justification ("meta-ethics"). Ethics is concerned with how a moral person should behave. Ethical values are beliefs concerning what is morally right and proper as opposed to what is simply correct or effective. An individual may personally believe that drinking is immoral. However, drinking is not, in and of itself, unethical. Game shows are a sophisticated way of gambling thus immoral but not unethical. Further, it is unethical to impose your personal moral values on another.

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Ethical values go above cultural, religious, or ethnic differences. Ethical values embrace a more universal worldview.

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What do you believe ‘WORK’ is all about? ·         Is it a place you come to ‘just pay your bills’? ·         Is it a place where ‘winner takes all’ at the expense of others? ·         Do you think of people as costly ‘human capital’ or innovative wealth creators? ·         Do you see your organisation as a place that owes you a living just for turning up? ·         Is it about ‘consensus rules’ or challenging and empowering yourselves to be more successful for the benefit of all those that contribute?

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“The way you think about work… the way you act on a daily basis… forms the foundation for the results you can achieve.”

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A ‘dog-eat-dog’ world means “I win, at any cost”, invariably you end up crapping on others and they end up doing the same to you - you create a self-fulfilling prophecy. Conversely, if you believe that others success is integral to yours, you take full responsibility for your actions… your role and make sure you do your best because in helping another you benefit too!

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If you created an ethos of more 'sustainable success’ i.e. where individuals develop their POWER to work more effectively AND on a basis of ‘We win’ or ‘We lose’, what would it change for you?

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Sustainable success is another way of working… is it worth creating?

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Work Ethos

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Ethics in the Workplace Why talk about Ethics? Everyone is ethical, everyone knows how to behave at work. Everyone gets it about not stealing stuff or harassing people or…

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How about… Being a little late to work occasionally? Surfing the Web when you run out of things to do? Downloading some music to your computer? Installing software that isn’t approved by the company? Forgetting to handle a couple of tasks you were given? Getting stuck on a problem but not asking

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There are lots of things that might seem “OK” with a casual glance but which can actually be “Not OK” for the employer. The secret to not getting on the wrong side of your boss is to have a proactive attitude to your job. Even a job that isn’t everything you want.

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1. Be Dependable: Nothing is going to be as important to your supervisor as your dependability. This isn’t glamorous, but it sure is key to developing a trust relationship with your manager. Be there, on time, every day. Stay there until the job is done, every day. Finish every task as quickly and completely as you can consistent with doing it right. Become a resource that the employer can depend on.

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Be Curious: Take an interest in the job, in the company, in the products, and in the markets for those products. Ask for training or advice when you encounter something new. Get a book and read up on the technologies you are using. Understand your assignment both technically and how it fits into your manager’s goals.

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. Be Realistic: In every job there are four or five elements of drudgery for every element of interesting work. Accept the need to do the dull, simple stuff as well as the fun stuff. Remember that most co-op students, like most other new employees, start off with some simple assignments so the employer can see if you are Dependable, Curious, Realistic…

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4. Be Fussy: Good enough usually isn’t. Try to always do the whole job well, including all the loose ends and “what-ifs”. If it has your name on it, or associated with it, you absolutely want it to be right, complete, and properly executed.

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5. Be Professional: You are a party to a contract. The employer is paying you and devoting resources to extending your education. In return, you owe it to that employer to put in a full day, every day. Use the Web and Internet as resources for the job when appropriate; don’t use them to kill time or avoid having to do something that isn’t interesting. See No. 3.

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How do you handle a problem? Be thoughtful about your activities and you probably won’t have a problem, but if you should make a mistake… Be HONEST; let your supervisor know in a timely way so he/she isn’t taken by surprise. ANALYZE the problem; why did it happen, what will prevent it from happening again? CORRECT the problem as quickly and completely as possible. Don’t sweep it under the rug.

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Be Balanced: It’s a job, not your whole life. Work hard at work, but keep your family, friends, significant other, and yourself in balance. You will do better at work if you exercise every day; you will do better at home if you know you are doing your best at work. Balance.

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The Final Thought A co-op job is an OPPORTUNITY Make the most of it!

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Managing Ethics in the Workplace Recognize that managing ethics is a process. The bottom line of an ethics program is accomplishing preferred behaviors in the workplace. The best way to handle ethical dilemmas is to avoid their occurrence in the first place.

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Make ethics decisions in groups, and make decisions public, as appropriate. Integrate ethics management with other management practices. Use cross-functional teams when developing and implementing the ethics management program.

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Value forgiveness. Note that trying to operate ethically and making a few mistakes is better than not trying at all.

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