I try to work hard, but I am not perfect and have some regrets on how I have used my time sometimes in the past. Here are some things I have learned about work ethics over the years:

  1. When you are working, go full out. Be concentrated and careful. Don’t dilly dally away your time. Try and keep your working time as productive as possible. I’m sick of hearing all this quiet quitting stuff. The sooner your work is done, the sooner you can spend your time doing other things. If you have to stay at work for a set amount of time, be the best employee you can be. If you find yourself with downtime at work, use it to train yourself, tidy the facility, or in some way be useful.

  2. “My time is valuable ”.  Understand the treasure that “ time” is, whether at work or at home. If you work hard at your job, your employer may also come to think that your time is valuable to the company. When you have this respect for your time, you are also less likely to waste the rest of your day after you leave work.

  3. When it’s time to leave work, LEAVE. And leave all the stress at work, don’t bring it home with you. Leave with the satisfaction of a job well done. (I know some days don’t feel that way.)

  4. Calendar your work. If you work for yourself be sure to calendar a reasonable amount of time for that work. Then get it done and leave. I know it’s hard when you have a long list of dresses to do in a month to ever feel like you are finished until the closet is empty.  You have to build work separation into your day with a definite check list of work that defines what it means to be” done for the day”.  I think this is a nagging stress that bridal alterations seamstresses feel often. I know that I feel stressed about this too.

I am sure that there are many different views on work ethics. This is a presentation of my own opinion based on my own life experiences. And I respect and know that everyone is entitled to their own opinions on these subjects.  

It is also my personal feeling that bridal alterations specialists are some of the hardest working people out there. We are quite a dedicated bunch. I love our community and the TLC that goes into our work for our brides. I am astounded at the amount of work some of you get done in a day with young children. The beautiful, impeccable work that I see from other bridal alterations specialists encourages me to always do my best work. 

Take care,

Dee Dee Anderson