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 and
finding ways to save time while completing 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 management that you utilize good time management
skills and don’t waste valuable company time attending to personal
issues not related to the job. Downsizing in today’s job market is quite
common so it’s important to recognize the personal values and
attributes employers want to improve your chances of job security should
a layoff occur.
2. Dependability and Responsibility
Employers value employees who come to work on time, are there when they
are suppose to be, and are responsible for their actions and behavior.
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 in keeping
up with projects and keeping them informed of the things that they
should know about.
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 postive 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.
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
corporation, the customer, and even the employee. While oftentimes
employees complain that changes in the workplace don’t make sense or
makes their work harder, oftentimes these complaints are due to a lack
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 behaviors to accommodate others is part
of what it takes to work effectively as a team. By viewing change as an
opportunity to complete work assignments in a more efficient manner,
adapting to change can be a positive experience. New strategies, ideas,
priorities, and work habits can foster a belief among workers that
management and staff are both committed to making the workplace a better
place to work.
5. Honesty and Integrity
Employers value employees who maintain a sense of honesty and integrity
above all else. 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. Successful businesses work to gain the trust of customers
and maintain the attitude that “the customer is always right”. It is
the responsibility of each person to use their own individual sense of
moral and ethical behavior 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
favor. 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 prodding from
others. Employers can do their part by offering a safe, supportive,
work environment that offers employees an opportunity to learn and grow.
Working in a supportive work environment and taking the intitiative to
be self-directive will provide employees with a better sense of
accomplishment and increased self-esteem.
7. Motivated to Grow & Learn
In an everchanging workplace, employers seek employees who are
interested in keeping up with new developments and knowledge in the
field. It has been noted that one of the top reasons employees leave
their employers is the lack of opportunity for career development within
the organization. Learning new skills, techniques, methods, and/or
theories through professional development helps keep the organization at
the top of its field and makes the employee's job more interesting and
exciting. Keeping up with current changes in the field is vital for
success and increased job security.
8. Strong Self – Confidence
Self-confidence has been recognized 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 recognize 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 manifested in their positive
attitude and outlook on life.
Employers value employees who exhibit professional behavior at all
times. Professional behavior includes learning every aspect of a job
and doing it to the best of one’s ability. Professionals look, speak,
and dress accordingly to maintain an image of someone who takes pride in
their behavior and appearance. Professionals complete projects as soon
as possible and avoid letting uncompleted projects pile up.
Professionals complete high quality work and are detail oriented.
Professional behavior includes all of the behavior above in addition to
providing a positive role model for others. Professionals are
enthusiastic about their work and optimistic about the organization and
its future. To become a professional you must feel like a professional
and following these tips is a great start to getting to where you want
Employers value employees they can trust and who exhibit their loyalty
to the company. Loyalty in the workforce has taken on a new meaning.
Gone are the days when employees plan on starting out and retiring with
the same company. It is said that most people will hold between 8 – 12
jobs throughout their career. What does this mean in terms of loyalty
in today’s workforce?
Companies offering employee growth and opportunity will ultimately gain a
sense of loyalty from their employees. 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. Although
this may mean only staying for five or ten years in a position,
employees can offer loyalty and make an important contribution during
their time with the company.
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.
Empowerment encourages employees to do their best work since companies
are displaying a trust and expectation that they believe in their
employees to do a good job.
Offering jobs that encourage learning and the development of new skills
also gives employees a sense of empowerment in the workplace. Aligning
an employees values with the goals of the organization will foster
loyalty and a bond between employer and employee. Fostering good
relationships within an organization and offering constructive ways to
handle conflict provides a win – win situation for both employer and
employee. Creating an organization that values loyalty within the
organization can also work to its benefit by using the same techniques
and strategies to establish loyalty with customers; and loyatly from
customers ultimately makes for a successful business.
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