Work pressure and ethics

Ethical servant?

While some relate ethics to submissiveness and coercion with forced conformity, in its broader sense ethics reflect diligence and value based work. It is true that meticulousness and hard work produce better professional outcomes, and rightly so, impact personal recognition and promotion of the ethical employee. The 20th century employee in the industrial age had to perform sufficiently enough to bring food to his plate. Any extra work never got him value addition. Thus ethics and diligence meant something different then. If it that worker got more money on the table, he was willing to shed some extra sweat.

Ethics or Morals

For some, eating the fruit of their effort is ethical. For many others who are infected with laziness, this is illogical. On a moral standpoint the unethical and immoral are frequently thieves, cheaters, burglars and robbers. They live off the effort of others and refuse to do their share. Their moral development is unquestionably stagnated. However in a working organization, it is presumed that no one is a thief. Each may perceive their effort in variable perspectives. Many feel they are not paid ‘enough’ for their effort. Few believe that that they get their true ‘worth’ and several seem to be uninterested in greater ‘value’ addition.

Hard work misconstrued

In today’s postindustrial era, critics of ‘hard’ work are only too many. Mechanization and technological advancement has ostensibly diminished the valuableness of human effort, thus these critics believe that there are no ethics left to build on. It is misconstrued that hard work adds to the economic growth of a handful on the top of the ecological (rather economical) pyramid while the hard working class gets classified as the loyal servant category, which is not honorable anyways. These views of freethinkers are erroneous.

The truth about hard work

Time is money and money is not everything. So it seems that time is unimportant and is all right if wasted on being lazy and inefficient. Hard work and ethics are not about money. This is all about the personal growth more than professional. Ethics and values make humans mature as people, not mathematical figures in the banks of employers or themselves. The average employee does not attain satisfaction only from the money he or she makes. Value judgment is a personal choice. Employees desire recognition, acknowledgement as well as rightful praise for what they do. Promotions may bring in fatter paychecks but also greater responsibility; and people readily accept the recognition and the new voluminous workload at their free will. People care about value based work more than employers often realize.

MINDFRAMES: Reframing ethics

Managements need to reframe their value judgment of employees to assure justness and fairness in the game. Likewise, workers ought to understand the weight of their worth to their organizations and themselves. That will ascertain the highest ethics and moral standards at any workplace.

Notes on Hard Work

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some will turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.
-Sam Ewing
A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
-Colin Powell
The reason why a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work. Don’t run from opportunity.
-Thomas Alva Edison
Success is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.
-Margaret Thatcher

Inculcating work ethics

Ethics seem like something innate, things one grows with and values that are pre-existent. However at the workplace ethics can be built

  • Good communication at work
  • Honesty and transparency
  • Contemporary leadership
  • Engagement with employees
  • Honest employee appraisal
  • Recognition for successes
  • Employee motivational training
  • Healthy work relationships
  • Assuring contentment with work
  • Employee empowerment initiative