What’s your ratio of really-workers versus not-really-workers?

April 23, 2008
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Survey Results for 04/23/2008:

Most of the work ethic from employees at my company falls into the following category:

Pretty good—team spirit and customer service does still exist.

  

 

59%

 

Lukewarm—most just show for a paycheck but a few stand-outs go above and beyond.

  

 

32%

 

Leaves something to be desired.

  

 

9%

 

Christina Lewellen,
senior editor of
Window & Door

Is it hard to find good help? I mean, really good help? Last week we talked about work ethic, and whether you find that employees are showing up in the morning to work according to their job descriptions ONLY or if there are still gems who are willing to go above-and-beyond to do the job right.

The responses are encouraging, I think. Nearly 60 percent of respondents said that teamwork does exist in the window and door industry and that most workers are willing to exert some effort for the greater good of the company. About nine percent said the level of work ethic they experience leaves something to be desired. The final 32 percent fell somewhere in the middle, admitting that there are usually a few good apples in a bushel of not-so-great apples.

So can we teach work ethic? I’m still not sure, but I came across an interesting article on www.psychcentral.com. Author Marie Hartwell-Walker writes about getting kids to take the initiative on chores but there might be a good reminder in here for all of us to take a look in the mirror as we’re trying to inspire workers to put out a little extra effort: 

“Kids work well for people who work alongside them. Kids frequently complain to me that their parents are always bossing them to do stuff they won’t do themselves. It is true that kids don’t see the often-exhausting work that their parents do every day and so can’t understand why it is that their parents seem capable of only sitting on the couch giving orders in the evening. Most of the parents I know are working very hard. But it’s also true that our kids are working hard at school and have as much reason to sit on the couch as we do. Families with the least stress around chores seem to be those in which everyone pitches in together to get supper on the table, the kitchen cleaned up, and the laundry sorted before sitting down to paperwork and homework.”

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