MarioPadinProfessorChambersEnglish123Jan 2018P Essay #3Most people have to work for a living tosurvive and to provide. Many jobs have regular hours, but some —likejournalism, medicine and high-level management—are more predictable and mayrequire far more time. Work can be easy or stressful, depending on what kind ofwork we do, how we convey it on our shoulders, and associate it with our dailylives.
What makes these jobs interesting, are the companies or employers theoreticallymakes the work environment safe, friendly and well managed. Employers should atleast bring some kind of magic into the work environment, and make others fell likehome to encouraged workers to work harder and increase productivity. Employersuse morality to improve the American workplace by instituting trustworthiness,good morals and ethics, and leadership. Introducing trustworthy individuals in awork place helps establish a model to follow in a working environment.
In thearticle “The Company Man” written by Ellen Goodman, an American and PulitzerPrize-winning columnist who was born in Boston in 1941, defines workaholic byoffering a poignant example. The Company Man named Phil worked himself to deathbecause of career goals and family responsibility. Phil was an excellent bossthat “He was, however, one of six-vice presidents, and one of three who mightconceivably—if the president died or retired soon enough— have moved to thetop spot.
Phil knew that” (Goodman 452). He worked six days a week, five ofthem until eight or nine at night which are extremely long hours resulting tolack of sleep. An individual like him is very trustworthy and more likely to belooked favorably upon because they have established themselves as someone whofollows through of what they say and what they will do. Also, in an article byJodi Kantor and David Streitfeld titled “Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas ina Bruising Workplace,” It explains how the company is conducting an experimentin how far it can push white-collar workers to get them to achieve itsever-expanding ambitions. An employee named Dina Vaccari who joined in 2008 tosell amazon gift cards to other companies said one time she didn’t sleep for fourdays straight, “These businesses were my babies, and I did whatever I could tomake them successful” (Kantor and Streitfeld). One time she uses her own moneywithout asking approval, to pay a freelancer in India to enter data so shecould get more done.
Vaccari, did what she did, whatever it takes. She is areliable, dependable trustworthy individual person who goes to the extreme totake care of business showing dedication and hard work habits even with lack ofsleep.Establishing good morale and work ethicscan simply motivate others around and help improve self-esteem in theworkplace. In the article “Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a BruisingWorkplace,” Susan Harker, Amazon’s top recruiter said when you’re shooting tothe moon, the nature of the work is really challenging.
For some people itdoesn’t work. “In interviews, some said they thrive at amazon precisely becauseit pushed them past what they thought were their limits” (Kantor and Streitfeld). While some individuals try to get by doing aslittle work as possible, others possess a dedication that leads them to give ittheir all every day. People who possess a strong work ethic embody certainprinciples that guide their work behavior, leading them to produce high-qualitywork consistently and without the prodding that some individuals require tostay on track. In a work place like Amazon when you hitthe wall, the only solution is to climb the wall, that is why moral and workethics are of the most important characteristics.
Working in a tough andstressful environment is not easy. Most people fail, but having such identitiesof morale and work ethics enable us to survive and often times brings the bestin us to be creative, because everyone has the motion and mindset to adopt. Inanother online article titled “Five Characteristics of a Good Work Ethic” byErin Schreiner, she writes, “Those with good work ethics often also possessgenerally strong character. This means they are self-discipline, pushingthemselves to complete work tasks instead of requiring others to intervene”(Schreiner). Reliability goes hand in hand with a good work ethic. If individuals with agood work ethic say they are going to attend a work function or arrive at acertain time, they do, as they value punctuality. Individuals with a strongwork ethic often want to appear dependable, showing their employers that theyare workers to whom they can turn.
Because of this, they put effort into portraying– and proving — this dependability by being reliable and performingconsistently. Developing strong character is mainly due to goodmorale and ethics and, when others perceive that, they too are motivated topush themselves to work better. Creating leadership in a workplace willimpact the work environment to move in the right direction.
Quoting back to thearticle “The Company Man,” by Ellen Goodman, she writes, “He had a lot ofpeople working for him, maybe sixty and most of them liked him most of the time”(Goodman 452). This is the man that because of his strong leadership, he workshimself to death. At the funeral, the company president told Helen the widow,that Phil’s death had mean much to the company and would be miss and would behard to replace. People gravitate towards people who have great influence. Byhaving many people working under his leadership is an example of a very strong characterand personality, which is ultimately admire by everyone. Also, once again,quoting back from the article “Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a BruisingWorkplace” The article talks about Jeff Bezo the founder of Amazon with hisphilosophy of work and how he turned to data-driven management very early.
“Hewas ten at the time. Decades later, he created a technological and retail giantby relying on some of the same impulses: eagerness to tell others how to behave;an instinct for bluntness bordering on confrontation; an overarching confidencein the power of metrics” (Kantor and Streitfeld). The result was the leadershipprinciples, the articles of faith that describe the way Amazonians should act.
Compared to some other companies where declaration about their philosophyamount to vague platitudes, Amazon has rules that are part of its dailylanguage and rituals, used in hiring, cited at meetings and quoted in foodtrucks lines at lunchtime. Some Amazonians say they teach them to theirchildren. In conclusion, companies or employers usedmorality to improve the American workplace by instituting trustworthiness, goodmorals and ethics, and leadership. According to Kantor and Streitfeld “motivatingthe amabots,” some company veterans often say the genius of amazon is the wayit drives them to drive themselves. One employee said If you’re a goodAmazonian, you become an amabot, using a term that means you have become one ofthe system. It is clear that when employers stablished a clear guidelines andpolicies at work, these guidelines conjure an empire of elite workers anddevelop the best. The workplace should be infused with transparency andprecision about who is really achieving and who is not.
Employers use morality tosend a good and positive message to amplify the work environment and get themready for the day. With positive thought and positive attitude, employees areable to work more efficiently and effectively. Works Cited:Goodman,Ellen. “The Company Man.” Models for Writers. Edited by Alfred Rosa and PaulScholz. Bradford/St. Matins, 2012, pp.
451—453.Kantor,Jodi and Streitfeld, David. (2015, August 15). “Inside Amazon: Wrestling BigIdeas in a Bruising Workplace.
“Five Characteristics of a Good Work Ethic.” http://smallbusiness.chron.com/five-characteristics-good-work-ethic-10382.html