Work Ethics

Work Ethics
Character count in business

I cannot imagine raising entrepreneurs without having to tackle ethics. I feel that teaching children right from wrong is even more important than teaching them reading and math. An entrepreneurial mind without a proper moral compass can be dangerous. Just think of all the intelligent Filipino businessmen and politicians who have misused funds for self gain. We don’t want our children to grow up that way.
            Our children are the next generation of Filipinos. What children perceive to be right and wrong often mirrors parental and societal values. How kids make decisions in ethical situations will determine how they will make decisions as adults. Taking candy that is not theirs will predispose them to pilfer money or company supplies. Borrowing without permission is the first step to tolerance for kiting money. Copying someone else’s work will be the beginning of a life of piracy. Tolerance for unethical acts in childhood or during the teenage years will eventually be manifested in their workplace ethics.

Changing the face of business in the Philippines:
Teaching work ethics to the next generation
The annual political and economic risk consultancy(PERC) poll ranked the Philippine as the fourth most corrupt country in the southeast Asia(2010)
            If we want to see a better Philippine through entrepreneurship and leadership, we need to start in our homes, with our own children. Eradicating corruption in the Philippines is in the hands of every parent and teacher.

Choose to do what is right
            This is advocacy when speaking with our students. Expect them to choose to do what is right even when no one is looking. I think parents should model and embrace this positive expectation because the formation of ethical values begins at home. We need to have a stronger voice as parents because we are going against the popular culture.

It seems that their American counterparts are indicative of the popular culture among the Filipino youth. An alarming number of them admitted to lying, cheating and stealing based on the 2008 Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth. The results of the survey showed that young people recognize that ethics and character are important on both a personal level and in business, but they express very cynical attitudes about whether a person can be ethical and still be successful. This same view is somewhat shared by Filipino youth in their tolerance for corrupt practices in the country.

Parents are the first teachers of work ethics. Our children learn from what we say and do. The decisions that we make every day are their living examples. Before we talk about how to teach our children work ethics, I would like you to reflect on your personal integrity. They say that actions speak louder than words. Unless you are aware of your own mindset, attitudes, values and behavior, you may unwittingly be raising unethical children thought your example.

Children Learn
Children Learn What They Live
If the children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If the children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If the children live with fear, they learn to apprehensive.
If the children live with pity, they learn to sorry for themselves.
If the children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If the children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If the children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If the children live with encouragement, they learn to confidence.
If the children live with tolerance, they learn to patience.
If the children live with praise, they learn to appreciation.
If the children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If the children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If the children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If the children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If the children live with honesty, they learn to truthfulness.
If the children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If the children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves.
If the children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live

Excepted from the book Hyperlink$tag=drchadwickshurth&Search=Go+To+Amaxon CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE by Dorothy law nolte and Rochel Harris

  1. These is no point in following rules because other people do not.
  2. it is not wrong to tell a small lie, exaggerate or cheat occasionally to help my self or other succeed.
  3. I will earn money first and I will think about doing good work later.
  4. people who bend rules or do unethical activities will become successful faster
  5. I am willing to do unethical work to secure my child’s future.

Small lessons can make a big difference
In developing our children’s sense of ethics. As parents, our own actions and attitudes influence the formation of good work ethics among our children. Inasmuch as children learn through example, a positive approach to teaching children good work ethics is to instill in them 6 Habit of Good Work Ethics. Since a “habit” is a disposition of mind and character, good habits will guide their thoughts, behavior and decisions. We need to be consistent in our positive example and expectations of good work ethics in our children because habits are formed through frequent repetition.
            As you read the tips on helping our children learn the habits of good work ethics, begin with the parent personal integrity check. Hopefully, it will help you to better guide your children.

6 Habits of Good Work Ethics
1. Self – Discipline
2. Respect
3. Responsibility and Accountability
4. Collaboration
5. Hard Work and Excellence
6. Integrity and Honesty

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