If you are an employer, you probably have a pretty good idea about the best qualities in employees. If you are an employee, you know what the best qualities are in employers. If only each side could see the other’s point of view.
Here is a list of ten qualities that are important to most good employers followed by a list of ten qualities that are important to employees. Keep in mind that not everyone may be consciously aware of all the things that are important to them, and not everyone gives the same weight to each of these concerns.
Employers want employees who…
1. can do their job without a lot of assistance or supervision.
2. can see what needs to be done and do it without being asked.
3. will communicate with the boss when they don’t understand, need assistance, or have an issue that needs discussing.
4. don’t exaggerate their true skills.
5. are aware of their strengths and weaknesses and look for ways to use their strengths and improve their weaknesses.
6. will make an effort to understand the needs of the business they are working for and put those needs ahead of their own career advancement.
7. will make an effort to get along with other employees.
8. will make customers feel welcome and appreciated.
9. are honest and trustworthy.
10. understand that the person paying the bills gets to make the final decisions.
Employees want employers who…
1. respect them and treat them as human beings, not as slaves to boss around.
2. understand business and have a clear plan for moving their organization forward.
3. are clear in their own minds about the work to be done and make an effort to explain their needs clearly.
4. understand how much work one person can do in one day.
5. understand that good productivity requires time off to “recharge.”
6. pay fairly and promptly.
7. go out of their way to express appreciation for a job well done.
8. communicate about problems with performance and give an opportunity to correct them.
9. understand that functional and pleasant living quarters improve job performance.
10. take an interest in the employee’s long term goals and, as business allows, help employees achieve them.