Encyclopedia Entry : Work Ethic

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Work ethic is a set of values or belief based on moral attitude that hard work is worthy of reward. It also refers to the workers moral benefit based on one’s earnest and its ability to improve his capacity. Although the value has been changed throughout the history, society still has its expectation on workers that they should have a good work ethic in order to be selected for better position where it requires more responsibility, recognition of his contribution with higher wages. Contrary, society does not trust the workers, who do not meet the expectation, for being neglect his duties and fail to make contribution to his society. Max Weber, a sociologist and the author of The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, traced the…show more content…
However, only 15% of workers said they have negotiated their wage when they have got hired. More than 65% of people said they would rather stay in their position when they did not satisfied with their wage and 72% of them said they would rather stay than negotiate or go back to the job market to find better salary. Calling Weber introduced the concept of ‘calling’ as “a religious conception that of a task set by God,” a reformed concept of Protestant. Defining one’s job as calling is a favorable foundation for the conception of labor and necessary to capitalism. Regardless of their working condition and profit, workers did not mind of working if it could be considered as their God’s task. Martin Luther told us, “All men, whatever their calling, ought to seek perfection in their work.” Tradition believed that effort do not betrays as consequent. In contemporary society, for young adults, ‘post-millennial’, who have born after new millennium and grown up in a society of full of unbeatable record such as higher education graduate and highest debt in their student loan. A recent survey of college freshman at the University of New York, found that more than 80 percent of student say that the primary reason they attend college is to make more money. The ‘calling’ of learning and working is no longer
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