What Does It Mean to Have A Strong Work Ethic?

A strong work ethic means having the values and dedication to focus as you work towards your goals.

A strong work ethic involves:

  • maintaining quality;

  • being respectful and professional;

  • maintaining a strong sense of integrity;

  • being disciplined;

  • and being responsible and motivated.

Importance Of Strong Work Ethics

This video gives you insight on the importance of strong work ethics.

Video Recap: A strong work ethic = a successful career

= greater work satisfaction

= good habits

= being fully engaged


A strong work ethic is important because

Self Assessment

In order to develop a strong work ethic, you need to evaluate where you are and where you want to be.

To know where you are now, ask yourself:

  • Do I have a daily work routine?

  • Do I accomplish all I set out to?

  • Am I easily distracted?

  • What do I need in place to make sure my day is productive?

Based on your answers to these questions, reflect. Is there room to improve your work ethic?

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Taking Action

If you see opportunity to improve your work ethic, the key is to set standards for yourself that you can maintain over time.

To strengthen your work ethic:

Flaticon Icon Set a firm work schedule. Assign yourself strict hours for focused work. Scheduling your responsibilities can help to overcome the urge to just "do it tomorrow."

Flaticon Icon Make a to-do list. It's simple, but writing out your tasks (and checking them off as you complete them!) will give you a dopamine rush (happy chemical) and fuel your motivation.

Flaticon Icon Follow the rules. Whether it's a company dress code or the working hours you have set for yourself, hold yourself accountable to the rules. When you always follow the rules, you free up space in your brain (and avoid 'decision fatigue').

Flaticon Icon Take a break when you need it. If you push yourself too hard, too fast you may feel overcome with stress or even burn out. A strong work ethic doesn't mean sacrificing sleep, eating healthy, and important relationships.

Flaticon Icon Ask for feedback. Feedback from others can help you see your blindspots and find ways to improve your work approach and focus. Ask for feedback regularly and treat it as a gift.

Take Action

Ready to strengthen your work ethic and see where it takes you?

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ethic goals for this week.

Building a strong work ethic is a process. But the most important thing you can do is to start - because you're worth it!


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