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With staffing issues abound, it’s important to know that you’re hiring someone who will stick around. That’s why you need to know how to identify someone with a strong work ethic. Here are our top 4 signs that your worker has a strong work ethic!
We’ll start with the obvious – hard work. An employee who is willing to work hard usually has a great work ethic. When they’re on the clock, they’re moving and getting stuff done. They don’t mind the workload and are willing to communicate their limitations, needs, and goals. This is very important when you’re wanting to ensure you’re hiring a great employee.
Punctuality & Reliability
These guys go hand-in-hand. If your employee is showing up late or calling in (or worse – just not showing up!) at random, you can’t exactly call them ‘reliable’. Being responsible for their job, time management, and personal reliability are crucial to work ethics. You literally cannot have one without the other – personal responsibility, punctuality, and reliability will show you the kind of employee you have on your hands.
Someone who has constant complaints or excuses, who is chronically late and always putting the job last just isn’t the kind of worker you want around.
How invested is your worker? Do they show up, do the minimum, gossip, then clock out? Or are they truly taking pride in their work, dedicating their time to enhancing the company, and placing real importance on their job?
You want employees that are dedicated to working as a team, building up the company and their personal image, and bringing in both money and reputation.
If your worker isn’t dedicated, they’re likely to leave at the drop of a hat, leaving you scrambling to fill positions in a time when people just aren’t applying for jobs.
You want to target employees with high productivity levels. Someone who is goal-oriented, who plans out their days, and who has clear-cut deadlines. These workers tend to have a high level of productivity and will get the job done.
If your worker isn’t putting out what you’re putting in, they don’t have a very good work ethic and they won’t be able to contribute what you need from them.
But don’t worry if you don’t have the perfect workforce – you can always train your employees. Adding incentive programs, open communication, and yes – even disciplinary action – can all help to transform your current crew into a team of highly-skilled, work-centric workers. For specialized roles, make sure that they have proper certifications, like facility management training, so that they can channel that work ethic with the best education and credentials behind them.