President of the Developing Attitudes for Potential Success (DAPS) Corporate Business Services Deborah Pratt, recently shared the importance of good work ethics during the Life After High School Seminar which took place from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Foster B. Pestaina Centre of Pro Cathedral Christ the King Anglican Church.
DAPS hosted the event in an effort to equip former high school students with the tools they need for future success in their tertiary education, future careers and life in general.
Pratt advised the participants on how they should conduct themselves in the workplace and how important it is to develop good working habits.
Sharing three points with the attendees, Pratt stressed the need to be punctual.
Pratt furthered that participants should do whatever they have to, in order to consistently show up to work on time and early, and to give a full day’s work.
The third point she shared was the need to respect co-workers and customers. “As long as you are hired, you are expected to respect those customers.”
Pratt challenged the participants to be self-motivated, hardworking and professional, never being loud or obnoxious.
“You want to always have that indoor voice,” she stressed.
She added that employees should also refrain from using slang or “street language. There is a time and place for everything.”
It is noted that professionalism is something observed from the moment an employee walks in the office door to when he or she leaves.
Pratt also presented them with the characteristics that every good employee should have in the workplace.
The first characteristic is reliability or dependability. She stated that employers feel comfortable calling on employees that they know can get the job done right.
The second trait was dedication; the third was productivity and the fourth was cooperation. “They want you to be able to do the work.”
Employees with strong work ethics tend to follow or develop daily tasks, Pratt added.
“Being able to work with others is another point I want to speak to,” said Pratt.
She noted that many employees have an issue with this because they have a selfish mentality; however, being employed often means having to work with other people to complete tasks.
“A major part of having a strong work ethic is understanding that you are part of a bigger team and that everyone has a role. This understanding facilitates teamwork and cooperation to ensure that everyone is getting the right information to properly do their jobs.”
Additionally, points Pratt shared, was having integrity, a sense of responsibility and discipline. “These go hand-in-hand with trust; they want to be able to trust you.”
Emphasis on quality was the following trait, because employees should be able to do whatever task they are assigned well or to the best of their ability, she added.
Pratt encouraged that participants to be goal oriented. “You have something that you are aiming for.”
Pratt furthered that companies are also looking for persons with good communication and organizational skills. “It helps the work place to run smoothly,” she said.
She added that organizational skills begin at home and transition to the workplace.
The final skill is being adaptable or flexible, Pratt noted. “You have to be willing to change.”
Pratt said that years ago companies did not utilize computers, but now almost every working environment operates on a digital system.
She stated that employees with strong ethics are usually more successful on their jobs and in their careers. “Possessing the aforementioned attitudes can take you much further than knowledge alone.”
The seminar featured several qualified speakers – Raquel Hart, Creighton Moxey, Caline Newton and David Ferguson – who gave valuable tips to participants on various topics.
Civic organizations such as Kiwanis International, Rotary International’s Rotaract Club and Toastmasters International were also present to talk about their respective organizations and encourage the participants to join.
The seminar culminated with a Fashion Show that Seventeen Shop has already agreed to come on board for to show attendees what to wear in the workplace.
Organizers thanked the corporate companies that came on board to sponsor students to attend the seminar were – Freeport Oil Company Limited (FOCOL), Commonwealth Bank, Bank of The Bahamas, Royal Bank of Canada, Print Masters and Ritchie’s Calypso. The Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture also supported this event.