Work Ethics

Work Ethics

Job Seeker

Check out our latest work ethics poster to see what employers are looking for in employees! 

In recent years, employers have ranked an individual’s work ethic as a characteristic they look for the most in prospective employees. Someone having a good work ethic is many times used to describe someone who is “hard working.” While this is a valuable attribute and one that is equally admired by both employers and co-workers, having a good work ethic involves more than being a hard worker, especially in today’s world. It involves simple soft skills.

The perception by employers and businesses is that there has been a deterioration of the work ethic of employees in the U.S. (Ford & Herren, 1995). And, depending on who you talk to, many believe that the absence of soft skills contributes to the weakening of the work ethic in our country.

A survey of over 100 region employers was conducted to create a poster with 10 competencies that are believed to shape a good work ethic.

The 10 competencies addressed on the Employer Expectation poster and that are believed to shape a good work ethic are:

1. Show a positive attitude
2. Work well with others
3. Follow directions
4. Arrive to work on time
5. Recognize problems and find solutions
6. Manage time effectively
7. Apply good listening skills
8. Be honest and dependable
9. Know the need to pass a drug or background check
10. Dress properly and practice good hygiene
Whether an individual works in a corporate office, retail store, restaurant, or they are in a self
employed circumstance, by accepting and practicing the 10 above mentioned competencies,
they are contributing to their own success and to the success of their company.

To view the most current version of our Employer Expectation poster, click the links below.

Employer Expectation Poster English Version

Employer Expectations Poster Spanish Version

For a copy of either poster, contact Barb GrimsgardCommunications manager at the NWIWB/CWI office at 219-462-2940, ext. 28



27 Mar

Interview Day with Schwan's

WorkOne Hammond-5265 Hohman Avenue, Hammond, IN | 10am-2pm


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