Why does Las Vegas seem to lack work ethic? Why are there individuals who seem to gain intrinsic value from doing and being their best in the workplace while others continually need reassurance or praise to put any effort into their jobs? There are still others who don’t seem to want to work no matter the bonuses or encouragement to do so.
In a time when Las Vegas, Nevada continues to see the unemployment rate of just under 12 percent and an even higher rate of under employed, it is amazing the amount of individuals who do not do their best at their jobs.
The question remains: why? Is this not a value they embrace due to cultural differences? Do they have so much stress at home that more than 75% productivity is overwhelming? Are we at a time when employers are expected to be responsible for maintaining workers instead of workers maintaining their jobs? Is it being burnt out at a lower paying and lower expectation job than they are equipped for?
There are many questions but not many answers. When this issue has been brought up in water cooler conversations in a couple of local agencies, all of the above ideas (and others) were broached. It is still surprising that individuals are not feeling the anxiety of needing to keep their positions in such a volatile and competitive economy.
Overall, it is most likely a combination of all of the above ideas and economic/cultural factors. Stressors often bring out the worst in people. In order for this value to change we must focus on our own personal values and maintain them, no matter what co-workers do. One at a time we can improve work conditions and the attitude in the workplace, therefore improving our own work space and productivity in the process.