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Employer expectations

When you start a new job, you should always make sure you understand what your employer expects of you. 

1. Strong work ethic

Employers value employees who understand and possess a willingness to work hard. In addition to working hard it is also important to work smart. This means learning the most efficient way to complete tasks safely and competently while perhaps finding ways to save time while completing your daily assignments. It’s also important to care about your job and complete all projects while maintaining a positive attitude. Doing more than is expected on the job is a good way to show your boss that you use good time management skills and don’t waste valuable company time attending to personal issues not related to the job.

2. Dependability and responsibility

Employers value employees who come to work on time, are there when they are supposed to be, and are responsible for their actions and behaviour. It’s important to keep supervisors abreast of changes in your schedule or if you are going to be late for any reason. This also means keeping your supervisor informed on where you are on all projects you have been assigned. Being dependable and responsible as an employee shows your employer that you value your job and that you are responsible.

3. Possessing a positive attitude

Employers seek employees who take the initiative and have the motivation to get the job done in a reasonable period of time. A positive attitude gets the work done and motivates others to do the same without dwelling on the challenges that inevitably come up in any job. It is the enthusiastic employee who creates an environment of good will and who provides a positive role model for others. A positive attitude is something that is most valued by supervisors and co-workers and that also makes the job more pleasant and fun to go to each day.

4. Adaptability

Employers seek employees who are adaptable and maintain flexibility in completing tasks in an ever changing workplace. Being open to change and improvements provides an opportunity to complete work assignments in a more efficient manner while offering additional benefits to the company, the customer, and even the employee. While at times employees complain that changes in the workplace don’t make sense or makes their work harder, often these complaints are due to a lack of flexibility.

Adaptability also means adapting to the personality and work habits of co-workers and supervisors. Each person possesses their own set or strengths and adapting personal behaviours to accommodate others is part of what it takes to work effectively as a team. Adapting to change can be a positive experience.

5. Honesty and integrity

Employers value employees who maintain a sense of honesty and integrity. Good relationships are built on trust. When working for an employer they want to know that they can trust what you say and what you do. It is the responsibility of each person to use their own individual sense of moral and ethical behaviour when working with and serving others within the scope of their job.

6. Self-motivated

Employers look for employees who require little supervision and direction to get the work done in a timely and professional manner. Supervisors who hire self-motivated employees do themselves an immense favour. For self-motivated employees require very little direction from their supervisors. Once a self-motivated employee understands his/her responsibility on the job, they will do it without any pushing from others.

7. Strong self confidence

Self-confidence has been recognised as the key ingredient between someone who is successful and someone who is not. A self-confident person is someone who inspires others. A self-confident person is not afraid to ask questions on topics where they feel they need more knowledge. They feel little need to have to impress others with what they know since they feel comfortable with themselves and don’t feel they need to know everything.

The self-confident person does what he/she feels is right and is willing to take risks. Self-confident people can also admit their mistakes. They recognise their strengths as well as their weaknesses and are willing to work on the latter. Self-confident people have faith in themselves and their abilities which is displayed in their positive attitude and outlook on life.

8. Professionalism

Employers value employees who exhibit professional behaviour at all times. Professional behaviour includes learning every aspect of a job and doing it to the best of their ability. Professionals look, speak, and dress accordingly to maintain an image of someone who takes pride in their behaviour and appearance. Professionals complete projects as soon as possible and avoid letting uncompleted projects pile up. Professionals complete high quality work and have an eye for detail. Professional behaviour includes all of the behaviour above in addition to providing a positive role model for others.

9. Loyalty

Employers value employees they can trust and who exhibit their loyalty to the company. Loyalty in the workforce has taken on a new meaning.

Employees today want to feel a sense of satisfaction in their jobs and will do a good job when they feel that the employer is fair and wants to see them succeed. More companies today encourage employee feedback and offer employees an opportunity to lead in their area of expertise. This gives employees a greater sense of satisfaction and a sense of control over their job.