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The Work Ethic Crisis

Keynote for the 2017 Northwest Arkansas Workforce Summit - November 15, 2017
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The Work Ethic Crisis
2017 Northwest Arkansas Workforce Summit
November 15, 2017
Josh Davies - CEO, The Center for Work Ethic Development
jdavies@workethic.org - @resultsdriver

Work Ethic 101
The Impact of the
Work Ethic Gap

Developing Work Ethic
Developing Work Ethic
Think Like A Meme
Don't Rely on Posters
"What do you mean by Work Ethic?"
I don't have a problem.
Use the 1% Approach
TTENDANCE
PPEARANCE
MBITION
CCEPTANCE
CCOUNTABILITY
-Socrates
The Center For Work Ethic Development

We believe in the power of work to promote self-sufficiency and build self-worth.

The Center for Work Ethic Development is passionate about helping people reach their full potential. Through curriculum, certification, and consulting, we equip organizations around the world to better prepare their local workforce for employment and life-long success.

AKA: Explicit
77% of managers said soft skills are as important as hard skills in hiring.
16% said they were more important.
How important is it to demonstrate soft skills, like work ethic, in the interview process?

LEAD Action Planning
L:earn
E:volve
A:ct
D:o


Attitude
Education
Specific Skills
Job Experience
Work Ethic
Work History
"privileged, narcissistic, entitled, spoiled and promiscuous."
The average parent spends 15 MINUTES a week in meaningful dialogue with their children.
Be Explicit!
I love cooking my children and pets.
I love cooking, my children, and pets.
The results of a 25 year study at the University of Minnesota found that the best indicator of future interpersonal and professional success was doing regular chores growing up.

Showing up (regularly).
Arriving on time, ready to work.
Listening to and following instructions.
Willingness to learn (learning attitude).
Performing quality work (vs. “going through the motions”).
Displaying a positive, “can do” attitude.
Completing work in a timely fashion.

TTITUDE
TTENDANCE
PPEARANCE
MBITION
CCOUNTABILITY
CCEPTANCE
PPRECIATION
“There they are, those preening narcissists who have to
document every banal moment with their cutting-edge
communications technology.”

Be A Super Model
Work ethic is a trainable set of seven behaviors that are the foundational competencies of workplace success.
Create Awareness
TTITUDE
TTENDANCE
PPEARANCE
MBITION
CCOUNTABILITY
CCEPTANCE
PPRECIATION
What's In It For Me?
Push For More
Express Employment, April 2017
Top 25%
Middle 50%
Bottom 25%
Focus on the Positive
Share Your Vision
Top 25%
Middle 50%
Bottom 25%
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