n my last blog we discussed how pre-employment tests, child labor, certain job interview questions and more help managers forecast if a job applicant possesses a terrific work ethic or a lousy work ethic.
WHAT IS WORK ETHIC?
Employees with a good work ethic
+ show up at work
+ arrive before their start time
+ put in more than a day’s work for a day’s pay
+ conscientiously do work assignments
+ consistently are highly productive
+ work well with others
The opposite is true for employees with a lousy work ethic. Such lazy bums (oops! low work ethic employees) often
- do not show up at work
- arrive late
- take extra time on breaks
- are not worth what their pay
- are below-average in productivity and do not care
- harm co-workers’ productivity
HOW CAN YOU PREDICT WORK ETHIC?
Last time we discussed the 1st Method: PRE-EMPLOYMENT TESTS
Today let's discuss Method 2.
2nd Method: CHILD LABOR
Child labor is a magnificent way to help you predict an adult’s work ethic. This does not mean forced nor coerced child labor. Instead, in my consulting to many companies, I consistently find their best, most productive employees worked while in high school (and often even in grammar school).
Why does child labor, e.g., working while in high school, help you predict an adult’s work ethic? Reason: When a person in grammar or high school works, they learn at a young age the importance of working.
In contrast, I often find underachieving employees did not work while in high school. Such people may behave nice, and possess relevant education or training. But, by not working in high school or earlier, they may not have developed a good work ethic. Maybe they did other wonderful activities. But, you must decide if you want to gamble or “bet” they developed a strong work ethic at an age later than people who worked while in grammar or high school.
Method 3 next time.