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work ethic

noun [S]    
WORKPLACE the way that someone feels about the importance of work , usually the belief that it is important to work hard: The aim of the program is to instil a work ethic and a sense of teamwork in young people . Managers often say that older workers are friendlier to customers and have a better work ethic than their younger counterparts . The unemployed are often criticized for having a poor work ethic .
(Definition of work ethic noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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