What are work ethics? What are the work ethics that you abide? What are the work ethics that you are forced to abide? And what are the work ethics that you ignore, break or work yourself around it?
I remember reading one article by Zewt (though I can't track back what article is that already) that one company in Singapore requires their employees to deliver their best, and I mean their god damn best. That's gotta be stressful and a lot of pressure, right? Well, here's the upside: their employees are not bounded by the traditional working hour of 9-5. They don't have to punch in at exactly 7.59 a.m., and punch out at 5 p.m. They can come and go as they like, have their break as many times as possible - as long as they do an excellent job. Seems incredulous, right? Or was the writer being just hypothetical? Yeah, my memory's pretty hazy these days.
BUT. Even if it's hypothetical, which working environment would you wanna be in? The above, or, our real life time restricted 9-5 job?
Let's take a teacher's work ethics for example. (yeah, 'coz that's the only job I can relate to in this world)
We are required to punch in and out at a fixed time. Later (when going to work) and earlier (when going back) than the required time would seek the wrath of the principal/headmaster. 'Coz it shows that we're 'irresponsible'.
What if I'm doing a hell of a job teaching my kids? What if I have never missed a class and always punctual? What if I'm busting my ass figuring innovative and creative ways to teach incorrigible teenagers? What if I can improve the school's overall achievement? What if I have done all my required tedious jobs like writing my lesson plans, taking students' attendance, marking papers, keying in marks, updating my files and so on?
What if I have done all of these things before the last bell rings? And I decided to go home early?
Would that make me a bad teacher?
Or would they prefer me to sit back, and hang out in the staffroom, spend the next free hours gossiping about who slept with who and who inject her face with what, or flipped through tattered catalogues that I've seen a gazillion time?
When I can go back home and start planning my lessons for the next day? (of course, after surfing the net, cut my nails, squeeze a zit, play with my dogs and watch a serie or two of The Vampire Diaries)
Okay, so you may ask, "Why don't you just spend your free time in school planning lessons?" Well, for one, my workbooks are all at home. I'm probably THE ONLY teacher who has NO academic/workbooks on her table. (Teachers out there who are like me, do let me know you exist!). And secondly, there's no Internet access in my school. And we're like, the top 3 school in town yet we don't have Internet. How am I suppose to plan kick ass lessons without the Internet and my books (but the Internet mostly)?
So yeah, I'm guessing you already know where I'm going and that I'm becoming like 'the others', but what is so wrong with that when you are always doing the right thing? For me, there's no reason to judge those teachers who go out for breakfast or to wash their car during free periods - as long as they are doing an excellent job teaching the children.
I'm trying not to make this a habit though, but if I really do think I can use my time more wisely at home (for the kids), I'd do it. So sue me for not wanting to waste time and be more productive.
Now people, would you rather have a time restricted working hour, yet excusable when doing a crappy job, or a free working hour but required to give a 101% with no excuse?