How can you best ensure keeping your job as well as advancing your career in the future? How can you best avoid becoming a victim of cutbacks, politics, and terminations?

Most employers want their employees to perform according to certain expectations. Above all, they want truthfulness, honesty, and value from employees. They want workers to:

  1. Be on time consistently.
  2. Follow directions.
  3. Be dependable in everything they do.
  4. Get the job done quickly, starting with things they least like to do.
  5. Do the job well and with a positive attitude.
  6. Take initiative rather than wait to be given directions.
  7. Be accurate and show competence.
  8. Dress and groom appropriately - conservative and professional.
  9. Maintain good health and cleanliness.
  10. Be enthusiastic and energetic.
  11. Be a loyal employee who looks out for the company and boss.
  12. Avoid doing personal business on company time.
  13. Solve problems skillfully.
  14. Be pleasant to work with and to be around.
  15. Avoid conflicts and arguments with others.
  16. Help out when needed, even if doing so is not part of the job.
  17. Be unselfish and give credit to others, especially the boss.
  18. Persevere in spite of unusual challenges and difficulties.
  19. Take responsibility for their job and everything they do.
  20. Make useful suggestions and find creative ways to solve problems.
  21. Earn the respect of fellow workers.
  22. Become a good team player.
  23. Be savvy in managing any office politics.


SOURCE: Adapted from Ron Krannich, Ph.D., The Re-Entry Employment and Life Skills Pocket Guide (Manassas Park: Impact Publications), page 46. Copyright 2009. All rights reserved. Copying strictly forbidden.