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Work - Ethic?

Posted Jun 13 2009 12:17am

Yesterday I printed out a dozen quotes about work.  Did you notice that the first five were a little cynical?  I' ve been starting to feel that way myself lately.  It seems that we are faced with a new mentality in some  workers who want the boss or manager to worry about making them happy.  It used to be the other way around.  So what happened?  Maybe, everyone needs to realize that when it' s right, it' s a two way street and a win-win-win proposition.  The employee wins, the practice wins and the patient wins.  That' s how you know it' s working.

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
                                                                            ~Thomas A. Edison~

People seem to view opportunity as something owed to them, not something earned after proving themselves capable of dealing with it and making the most of it.  They don' t see hard work as something rewarded by increasing opportunities, rather, they see opportunities as perks to be expected for them to even be interested in working at all.  A smart manager will see this as the weakness that it is and recognize the employee who looks for the opportunity to serve and recognize and reward that person, thereby encouraging more of the same,  Do you make service seem like an opportunity in your practice?


The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.

                                                                            ~Robert Frost~

The interesting thing about this is that the person who is willing to work will often be the target of derision by those willing to let them.  If you' ve ever been in a situation like this, you' ve probably noticed that the slackers will invest great effort in figuring out ways to discourage the hard worker.  After all, that person makes them look bad and the boss just may start expecting everyone to work as hard as they do.  How can we help our hard workers and how can we interest our less inclined staff members to follow their example?

"The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office."

                                                                            ~Robert Frost~

Why do so many intelligent people seem to need so much guidance?  I have to think that they' ve been in a situation where thinking for themselves was discouraged and problem solving wasn' t rewarded.  Or maybe it' s just easier to let someone else do the thinking and take the risks.  What can managers do to encourage team members to be innovators and problem solvers?

"Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don' t turn up at all."

                                                                            ~Sam Ewing~

People are telling you something about themselves by the way they work.  Are you listening?  You can have a nice employee.  You can have a hard working employee.  What you want is a nice person who works hard.  Don' t settle for less and you' ll have nothing to regret.

"I think high self-esteem is overrated. A little low self-esteem is actually quite good…Maybe you' re not the best, so you should work a little harder."

                                                                            ~Jay Leno~

People have somehow gotten the idea that other people are responsible for supplying them with self-esteem.  There are seminars for managers telling them how to talk to staff members about poor performance without affecting their self-esteem.  The best way to increase self-esteem for yourself at work is to do a great job.  Give your manager something to appreciate and comment on.  Managers, look for what' s right as much as you identify problems.  True self-esteem can' t be dependent on the reactions of others.  

Next, I' ll take a look at some of the more positive work quotes on the list of 12.  Stay tuned and feel free to add your comments.

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