Organizational Behavior

Oct 29, 2021 | 0 comments

Oct 29, 2021 | Essays | 0 comments

According to RCG (2018), work ethics are a set of values on the moral virtues of diligence and hard work. Values are things that you believe in firmly, something that you hold in high regard. This paper will argue in favor that work ethic in the society of today has declined. In the school setting, a solid work ethic is also appearing to be dwindling in the setting of the schools. For instance, school children today do not spend enough time in preparation for their exams and in completing the homework assignment. On the work ethic in jobs, some people want to make a lot of money without working hard or investing much of their time into their jobs. However, this attitude does not apply to every society member. There are also many people who invest much time and effort to earn their money or grades through hard work and diligence. Their work ethic is evidently admirable and is something that they should be proud of.

It is evident and true the work ethic of today is totally different compared to the work ethic of the past. Schawbel (2011) indicated a close examination of the American workplace of today is not comparable with the American workplace of the 1930s to the 1990s. It can be clearly seen America lost sight of the virtues comprising the work ethic, that is the things that were instrumental in building the country. The emerging workforce in America bring some unique personality traits and skill sets into the labor pool. The challenge to the millennials is they do not always want to work, and when they agree, their working terms do not always concur with the terms of the employers. In most instances, the young workers report to work some minutes late, wearing pajama bottoms, flip flops, and T-shirts. They then start fidgeting through the shift until things start slowing down then they start texting their friends or updating their social medias from their smartphones (Schawbel, 2011). These sentiments are also echoed by Winget (2007). He pointed out that a number of workers today spend much of that time taking long lunch breaks and surfing the internet. However, a number of young employees in this generation will also say they carry their blackberries and smartphones along with them all the time and their social life and work life are intertwined as compared to their parents, who will depart from work at the end of the working day and stop their work there.
In most instances, these ambitious and bright new employees would perceive work as something to be avoided or as a necessary evil that need to be endured before landing a spot on a reality TV show, winning a lottery, getting a high paying office accompanied with a corner office, or getting cushy at an expense account. These arguments are supported by a survey done by Pew Research Center in February 2010. The findings of the survey proved the generation of today does not identify at all with their work ethic. The study findings indicated the millennials generation has a distinctive and unique identity. What ethics was pointed out as one of the distinctive characteristics by at least 10% in the 3 older generations (Schawbel, 2011).
According to RCG (2018), many people in the society of today no longer understand the meaning of hard work. Individuals focuses on their works benefits to the employer. Instead, majority are entirely focused on what their work will do for them. Driven by the natural tendencies of laziness and greed, the only reason many go to work is for the benefits they will accrue from that job with a minimum amount of effort used. It has been stated, “nothing really works unless an individual will instead be doing something else.” Many people in the society of today have never been taught or have forgotten the benefits of working hard. People of this generation no longer get or enjoy work, and normally wish they were doing something else somewhere. These assertions mirror a narrative by Winget (2007), who talked about the experience of his father who worked for 47 years for the same company and never questioned whether he was or not happy. He was just going to work and getting his pay, and that was the deal he signed for when he joined the workforce. Times have significantly changed in the past century. It was the great grandparents of this country who underwent the two world wars. And they also understood the significance of working hard. They also understood if they did not work hard they will not survive.
In conclusion the today’s work ethic seems different compared to the work ethic in the past. As pointed out by Winget (2007>), many employees in the society of today spent much of that time surfing the internet while at work. Their social life and their work life are interwoven making them not do their job during the working hours. Therefore, they carry their social life into workplace making the companies they work for suffer, and then carry their work home making their families suffer. As candidly suggested, when you are at work, work. When you are at home, enjoy yourself.

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