65 Work Ethic Quotes

Work ethics are not something that are appropriate only to the workplace. It is really the application of those personal practices, principles and standards that are innate to each person. Do not be mislead; work ethics are no different than the very ones you use at home, or in any other place where or when you are required to act in concert with your internal attributes.
  1. A turtle travels only when it sticks its neck out. Korean Proverb

  2. You can't recount the validity of workplace ethics nor their application until you can speak of those you already possess. Byron R. Pulsifer

  3. By far the biggest mistake people make when trying to change organizations is to plunge ahead without establishing a high enough sense of urgency in fellow managers and employees. John P. Kotter, Leading Change

  4. The most significant internal factor motivating change is the inherent human will of many to succeed, to advance, and to triumph. Dr. Amir Levy, Mastering Organizational Change

  5. ... if you want more supportive behavior in organizations, the culture needs to just get out of the way. Kristi Hedges, The Inspiration Code

  6. Every organization is on either the high road or the low road to employee and customer satisfaction. John Putzier, The Everything HR Kit

  7. Failures are the pillars of success. Welsh Proverb

  8. Dreams do come true if you turn your dream into a goal and take action. Catherine Pulsifer

  9. Speed of change is the driving force. Leading change competently is the only answer. John P. Kotter, Leading Change

  10. Ethics is the work environment are the ethics that are the mainstay of one's life prior to walking through the door. Theodore W. Higgingsworth

  11. Smile. People don't want to be around those who are in the dumps. Carl Sommer

  12. Good luck is a lazy man's estimate of a worker's success. Author Unknown

  13. Preferred behavior is comprised of honesty and solid morals. The unfolding of such behavior among others in any organization is the actionable results called ethics. Kate Summers

  14. Vision plays a key role in producing useful change by helping to direct, align, and inspire actions on the part of large numbers of people. Without an appropriate vision, a transformation effort can easily dissolve into a list of confusing, incompatible, and time-consuming projects that go in the wrong direction or nowhere at all. John P. Kotter, Leading Change

  15. Positive thinking is about working with your naturally-given tools, and changing your viewpoint and perspective so that you don’t build obstacles in your life. Brian Cagneey, Positive Thinking

  16. He can who believes he can Latin Proverb

  17. ... your own managerial style and ways to establish a motivating environment ....is fostered by a manager who is positive and supportive, sets a good example, clarifies expectations, and is flexible in the face of change. Harriet Diamond, Perfect Phrases for Motivating and Rewarding Employees

  18. Opportunities are the beginning of change. Suzie Doscher, Balance

  19. If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree. Jim Rohn

  20. Material things are not important, and while our jobs provide the means, the important things in life are the people who touched our lives. Catherine Pulsifer

  21. The mistakes of others are good teachers Estonian Proverb

  22. Habitual multitasking might save you some time, but it might also compromise the quality of work. Philip Vang

  23. The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives is to think we work for anybody but ourselves. Brian Tracy

  24. You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however. Richard Bach

  25. One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man." Elbert Hubbard

  26. There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes. William J. Bennett

  27. My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. Gandhi

  28. I don't believe that companies are necessarily prisons, but sometimes we make prisons of them by the way we choose to work there." Stephen C. Lundin, Ph D., Harry Paul, and John Christensen

  29. The difference between living to work and working to live may be just what you need to reduce some of these mid-life health issues to a manageable level. Byron Pulsifer

  30. The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the wall of our own homes. Harold B. Lee

  31. Stress is not only created by how we see a situation, but also how we react to it. We do, in fact, control our own stress. So, if you are feeling "stressed out", you are responsible for creating that feeling. Catherine Pulsifer

  32. The worst of work nowadays is what happens to people when they cease to work. G. K. Chesterton

  33. There are some who start their retirement long before they stop working. Robert Half

  34. I promise to keep on living as though I expected to live forever. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul." Douglas MacArthur

  35. We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. Sir Winston Churchill

  36. They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. Carl W. Buechner

  37. Laughter is an instant vacation. Milton Berle

  38. To get away from one's working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one's self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change. Charles Horton Cooley

  39. The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy. Malcolm S. Forbes

  40. He has spent his life best who has enjoyed it most. Samuel Butler

  41. Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it. Eileen Caddy

  42. Like what you do, if you don't like it, do something else. Paul Harvey

  43. Failure teaches you more than success Russian Proverb

  44. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Max Ehrmann, Desiderata

  45. Make yourself a promise that once you've finished that job, you're going to do something you really enjoy. Have a cup of coffee, go for a swim, whatever will get you motivated. Adrian Coppola, Get More Done!

  46. No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you'd be more productive. Dr. Joyce Brothers

  47. There are no traffic jams when you go the extra mile American Proverb

  48. No matter who does you wrong, you don't have to stay defeated. Disappointments are inevitable, but misery is optional. Joel Osteen

  49. And don't be discouraged if you make a mistake, fix it and move on - that is how we learn! Catherine and Byron Pulsifer

  50. There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still. Franklin D. Roosevelt

  51. The persistent winner is not discouraged by a problem - he is challenged by it. William Arthur Ward

  52. Staying focused on your goals is the key to winning. Maureen O'Brien

  53. Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict. William Ellery Channing

  54. No matter who you are, no matter what you do, you absolutely, positively do have the power to change. Bill Phillips

  55. Many hands make light work English Proverb

  56. True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are united. Alexander von Humboldt

  57. Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them. Thomas Kinkade

  58. Work hard and play hard. But don't confuse the two. Author Unknown

  59. We can be sure that the greatest hope for maintaining equilibrium in the face of any situation rests within ourselves. Francis J. Braceland

  60. Success is a balance of life where we can meet our own expectations while at the same time achieving success in our commitments to others. Byron Pulsifer

  61. First comes action, followed by motivation, followed by even more action. Alex Altman, Time Is Money

  62. The wise learn from the experience of others, and the creative know how to make a crumb of experience go a long way. Eric Hoffer

  63. The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail. Edwin H. Land

  64. There’s no such thing as business ethics—there’s only ethics. People try to use one set of ethics for their professional life, another for their spiritual life, and still another at home with their family. That gets them into trouble. Ethics is ethics. If you desire to be ethical, you live it by one standard across the board. John C. Maxwell, Ethics 101

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