Work Ethics

To be effective, technical education must include two key elements. First, it must provide training and experiences that approximate, as nearly as possible, the conditions found in the actual work place. Of equal importance, an effective technical education program must identify and develop those personal characteristics often referred to as “good work habits.” These characteristics include regular attendance, punctuality, dependability, initiative, attitude, cooperation, respect, character, appearance, productivity and teamwork. Studies show that 85 percent of the people who lose their jobs do so because they lack good work habits, rather than appropriate job skills.

Savannah Technical College has therefore developed a system to promote, teach and evaluate “work ethics” in each occupational program. Work ethics grades are reported each semester and are recorded as a separate grade on the student’s permanent record. Work ethics grades will be placed to the immediate right of the academic letter grades.

3 Exceeds Expectations – work ethics performance was exemplary. Student has consistently demonstrated characteristics that would stand out in the work environment.
2 Meets Expectations – all work ethics standards were met. The quality of student’s work ethics performance is that of a good employee in the normal work environment.
1 Needs Improvement – some work ethics standards were not met. Additional training in employ-ability skills is recommended.
0 Unacceptable – work ethics performance was below average. Additional training in employ-ability skills is a must if the student is to survive in the work environment.

What Are Work Ethics?

  • A POSITIVE attitude toward your job, your customers, your co-workers and your employer
  • A POSITIVE and CONSISTENT set of behaviors that indicate you want to exceed the expectations of your customers, your co-workers and your employer



  • Appropriate dress
  • Grooming
  • Hygiene
  • Etiquette


  • Understands the importance of attendance
  • Understands the importance of punctuality
  • Attends class on time
  • Leaves class on time
  • Notifies instructor in advance of planned absences
  • Makes up assignments punctually


  • Demonstrates a positive attitude
  • Appears self-confident
  • Has realistic expectations of self


  • Loyalty
  • Honesty
  • Trustworthiness
  • Dependability
  • Reliability
  • Initiative
  • Self-discipline
  • Self-responsibility


  • Understanding the importance of good communication skills
  • Understands how nonverbal communications skills affect overall communication in the classroom and at work
  • Uses effective listening techniques
  • Uses proper oral communication skills


  • Displays leadership skills
  • Practices good conflict-management skills
  • Demonstrates problem-solving capabilities
  • Maintains good working relationships with supervisors and co-workers
  • Follows the company’s chain of command


  • Manifests skill in prioritizing and management of time and stress
  • Demonstrates flexibility in handling change


  • Follows safety practices
  • Conserves materials
  • Keeps work area neat and clean
  • Follows directions and procedures
  • Makes up assignments punctually
  • Participates


  • Deals appropriately with cultural/racial diversity
  • Does no engage in harassment of any kind


  • Respects Confidentiality
  • Team worker
  • Cooperative
  • Assertive
  • Displays a customer service attitude
  • Seeks opportunities for continuous learning
  • Demonstrates mannerly behavior