I have been writing about court reporting jobs as an employee and court reporter jobs and how to ensure that you keep yours when the need comes to cut staff or there are less court reporting assignments and who gets what.
What really makes one employee or court reporter more likely to keep their position or even advance in position? It is a total package that comes under the heading of work ethic. What is this phrase work ethic all about?
There are so many elements that comprise work ethic that are equally important for an employee as well as a court reporter working in a court reporting agency. There is so much to be said about work ethic and so little written about it.
A basic concept in business and especially annoying in our court reporting culture is being late. Too many reporters are late or just on time which is really late because they are not set up on time. Late says so many things about a person’s work ethic. It says, I really don’t respect your time as much as mine because, in essence, I am wasting your time by having you wait for me.
We, in the court reporting business, are in a service business. A service business is about providing a service, court reporting, and all forms of the service should be performed with care and respect. Coming a little earlier for assignments as well as in your personal life show that you care and are aware and respect somebody else’s time.
Thinking about the other guy’s time is definitely part of a strong work ethic for me and one that I respect in my employees as well as my reporters, friends and family. Being on time is definitely something that says a lot about you!