I recently came across a tweet that caused me to do a bit of self-reflection.

One simple statement caused me to think about my work ethic for a few days.

Is it possible to have TOO MUCH work ethic?

To answer that, we must first come to understand just what work ethic is. One article on Indeed.com defines “work ethic” as follows

Work ethic is an attitude of determination and dedication toward one’s job. Those with a strong work ethic place a high value on their professional success. They exhibit moral principles that make them outstanding employees in any position. If you have a strong work ethic, you believe in the importance of your job and typically feel that hard work is essential to maintaining a strong character.

Sounds a lot like me, if I do say so myself.

It is important to note that there is a difference between having good work ethic and being a workaholic.  A workaholic lives to work. A person with good work ethic works well to live well.

So, what is it that would make me question whether or not I have too much work ethic? I’m sure there are many who can relate to what I’m about to say…

Taking off work causes me to feel guilty.

I know it sounds crazy, as I’m afforded PTO because I’ve earned it as a longtime employee; but there’s a part of me that feels like I owe my coworkers an explanation as to why I need to take the time the company has given me to go to the doctor, attend to my child’s development, or just rejuvenate.

Each of these is vital to one’s survival. So, why do I feel like I need to tell others how I’m going to spend MY time?

Well, in cases of an emergency, it’s absolutely necessary as others will undoubtedly have to take up the slack from what I’d normally do in a day. For a planned day or week, I’m not so sure it’s necessary.

What do you think? Do you give a reason when you attempt to take time off?

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