Work Ethic is the basic academic, interpersonal, critical thinking skills, and behavior that, when transferred to the occupational settings, facilitate job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Job retention and advancement competency areas are integrated into the curriculum of each degree, diploma, and technical certificate of credit (TCC) program.
The Technical College System of Georgia instructs and evaluates students on work ethic in all programs of study. Ten work ethic traits have been identified and defined as essential for students success; appearance, attendance, attitude, character, communication, cooperation, organizational skill, productivity, respect, and teamwork.
Definitions for work ethic traits addressed at Coastal Pines Technical College are:
- Appearance - Displays appropriate dress, grooming, and hygiene.
- Attendance - Attends class; arrives/leaves on time; notifies instructor in advance of planned absences.
- Attitude - Demonstrates a positive outlook; demonstrates mannerly behavior; follows chain of command.
- Character - Displays loyalty, honesty, trustworthiness, dependability, reliability, initiative, self-discipline, and self-responsibility.
- Communication - Displays appropriate nonverbal, verbal, and written skills.
- Cooperation - Handles criticism, conflicts, and complaints appropriately; works well with others.
- Organizational Skills - Prioritizes and manages time and resources effectively; demonstrates flexibility in handling change; follows directions and procedures for the work environment.
- Productivity - Completes tasks assigned efficiently, effectively, and timely; demonstrates problem-solving capabilities.
- Respect - Tolerates other points of view; acknowledge and appreciates rights of others, has regard for diversity.
- Teamwork - Works collaboratively with others toward a common goal in a respectful and cooperative manner; participates appropriately as a team member.