"Work ethic is a cultural norm that advocates being personally accountable and responsible for the work that one does and is based on a belief that work has intrinsic value…Research has shown that the many characteristics of work ethic can be summarized using three terms-interpersonal skills, initiative, and being dependable." (The Work Ethic Site)
Research has demonstrated that most employers are concerned about the lack of work ethic in the majority of the incoming workforce. While employers are highly concerned about this reality, they commit few to no dollars to work ethic training.
Have you ever patronized a business and left wondering about the work ethic of its young employees? For instance, have you experienced a worker talking on the phone on a personal call while waiting on a customer; or texting someone in the middle of ringing up your purchases; or just being plain rude? Do you have young co-workers who are always late for work or don't show up at all? These are all signs of a weak or non-existent work ethic.
But is it the fault of our youth? At YES we believe that every youth failure is an adult failure. Especially when the problem is so pervasive, we believe that it is the result of society failing to provide our youth with the tools that they need to thrive in today's economy.
YES is determined to provide our young people with the tools that they need to survive and thrive in today's global work force. Economic success starts with a good work ethic. With this in mind YES was formed in December of 2016 with the purpose of making the workplace goals of our young people attainable. These goals may range from aspirations of getting their first job to pursuing promotions, to creating and operating their own businesses.
Success on the economic front requires a strong work ethic and our inaugural program addresses this challenge with a work ethic training and certification program. Our program will be unveiled in three phases. Phase One focuses on youth from the ages of 15 to 21 and involves classroom instruction and monitoring of participants in their school and/or work settings to assess how well they have internalized classroom training. Finally, participants must pass a written test. Those who successfully complete the program will receive a Certificate of Work Ethic Proficiency that they can present to a potential employer or to institutions of higher education to demonstrate that they have internalized work ethic principles.
Phase Two will place participants who successfully complete phase one with employers in the community for 16 weeks.
Phase Three will involve publishing the results of the program.