In addition to basic skills, employers look for certain key qualities, or distinguishing characteristics, in their employees. A person who has these qualities usually has a strong work ethic. A work ethic is a personal commitment to doing your very best as part of the team. Employees who have a good work ethic are often successful in their careers. With practice, you can develop the qualities that help create a strong work ethic.
Being responsible is one of the most important qualities you can have for success in any job. Responsibility is your ability to be aware of what a particular situation demands of you. Responsible employees show up for work on time and work diligently to become familiar with job duties and do them correctly. When you are responsible, you accept the consequences of your choices and actions instead of blaming others for any mistakes you make.
In today's rapidly changing work environment, flexibility is very important. Flexibility is the ability to adapt willingly to changing circumstances. Being flexible means that you adjust to changes without complaining. It also means that you are willing to learn new techniques and skills. You will find it easier to be flexible if you are confident in your skills.
Honesty is another important part of a strong work ethic. You practice honesty on the job when you are truthful and loyal in your words and actions. For example, if you make a mistake on the job, do not cover it up or blame someone else. Instead, admit to your mistake and find out how to prevent making the same mistake in the future. This quality is always appreciated by employers.
Reliability (ri-jT-s-'bi-ls'te) is an extension of responsibility. You are reliable when other people can count on you to do what you say that you will do. When you show reliability on the job, you help the business to succeed.
Reliable people are more likely to advance on the job. A reliable employee is someone who:
• Keeps personal matters separate from business matters.
• Carries out a variety of assigned tasks without constant prompting.
• Takes on extra work when necessary without complaint.
• Gets enough rest to work effectively.
• Maintains good personal physical and mental health.
As a foodservice worker, you will often be part of a large team. A winning team, however, is more than just a collection of talented people. If you have ever played a team sport, you know how important it is that every member participates, no matter what their skill level is. When you learn to effectively communicate, resolve conflicts, and develop negotiation skills, it is called teamwork. A star player must support his or her teammates throughout the game. You can practice teamwork on the job when you work to support the efforts of your coworkers.
Commitment is the dedication that you show to doing something. Commitment is the quality that supports all your abilities and skills to build a strong work ethic. Demonstrating commitment will set you apart as a valuable employee. You show a commitment to excellence when you display good business etiquette and always do your best.
A commitment to quality means that you always do work you are proud of. In foodservice, a commitment to quality means that you use quality ingredients, prepare and serve them in the most pleasing way and you serve customers to the best of your ability. You strive for the highest standards.
Employees who are committed to excellence strive to do their very best at all times, no matter what job they are doing. They make the most of opportunities to improve their abilities and learn new skills. People who are committed to excellence are not willing to settie for work that is simply good enough.
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