Work ethic, hard work and success seem to go hand in hand when it comes to success in the workplace. We all strive to give our best and bring energy and passion into what we do.
According to Trudy Bateman, those with a strength in work ethic are extremely hard working and put in more effort and extra hours than perhaps some others. People with work ethic as a strength are energised by hard work and actually and enjoy working harder.
Work ethic can become a problem when it goes from being a passion, to becoming an obsession. If, for you, work ethic is a learned behaviour or weakness, it’s not necessarily due to an unwillingness to work hard, rather it may be because you have a strong desire to prove yourself.
Perhaps you are working with someone who has a poorer work ethic than you? This can be infuriating, particularly when you work so hard yourself. Trying to understand the driver behind their lack of effort can really help improve the situation. Taking the time out with them to understand where their strengths lie can be time well spent in re-energising and remotivating them.
Don’t forget that just because you work so hard and such long hours, that other people should. Just because they have found a balance, doesn’t mean that they are lazy or that they are any less dedicated.
We all have a great work ethic when we are passionate about something.