Business owners' #1 struggle
Kearney Moving - like most employers - strives to find, hire, and keep hard-working employees; as a matter of fact, one of our company's core values is to have a strong work ethic - to deliver an energetic "I'm on it!" attitude.. The unfortunate truth, however, is that most employers would say their #1 struggle in business is finding hard-working employees, because it seems like there are fewer and fewer out there to be found. At Kearney Moving, we are always looking for men and women who were taught the value of hard work at a young age. Click. Kearney Moving Jobs for a list of openings.
If you're a parent or grandparent...
What can you do to develop a strong work ethic in your child or grandchild? Do you know what to do? If so, are you implementing a strategy?
Let's look at some practical ways you can develop this in the young people with whom you come in contact. (Grandparents, please adapt to your own unique situation with your grandchildren. You have the opportunity to significantly impact the present and future life of your grandchild.)
Recognize the purpose of having and raising kids
Unfortunately, many parents have misconceptions about the reasons for having children and this affects how they care for and train (or not train) their children. As parents, we are to raise children by teaching and training them to be responsible adults in society. Everything you do should eventually lead to the time when they leave the nest. Hopefully, you have prepared them well for this and all of you are looking forward to that moment rather than you having to gently push them (or kick them) out of the nest.
Start young with age-appropriate chores
If you already have children, you know that they have a strong desire to imitate and to please you. They want to be like mommy and daddy; they want to do what mommy and daddy do. Harness that. Yes, doing the chores yourself when they’re young is definitely faster and more efficient and more effective, but the inconvenience now will definitely pay off in numerous ways later. Here are some examples:
As they become older, they can be trusted with more significant chores. Consider chores as work done to maintain a household, and the children are part of the family household and, therefore, have a responsibility. When they are maintaining their own future household, they will not be paid; so consider not paying them to complete typical household chores. Remember that your goal is to prepare them for life on their own; it's not for them to need you forever.
Provide additional work for pay
Look for additional tasks that the children can do that would allow them to earn some money. This has multiple benefits:
Model a strong work ethic
If you don’t work hard, then your children probably won’t either. Work together; have fun together while you work. Demonstrate the importance of why you work and why you work hard. Talk about the character qualities of those who have a humble, service-oriented attitude.
Talk about what they want to be when they grow up
And, yes, it’s okay that this will change many times, and many of their suggestions may sound ridiculous. It’s okay. It’s a great opportunity to talk about the specifics of what that job would entail and the pros and cons of it, teaching them to recognize that not all parts of all jobs will always be enjoyable.
This is closely related to the previous two suggestions. Celebrate those who work. When you’re driving around and see a garbage truck, be thankful for sanitation workers! Imagine where we’d be without them. Discuss how different jobs require different education levels and abilities. Help your children see the correlation and how that then relates to them. This can also be helpful in discussing the correlation between their work ethic in their school studies as well.
At Kearney Moving, we rely on college employees to help us during the seasonal peaks of our business. And more importantly, we believe in encouraging and training college students with transferable life skills that will help them and follow them long after they graduate and in whatever profession they choose.
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