by Sarah Wilkinson, Class of ’17
There are certain personal values that employers want their employees to have because they align well with the personal values that the company has.
Personal Values that Employers Seek:
Employers are looking for people who will be honest when they make mistakes or when they are unhappy with the way something is. These are the same employers who – ideally – won’t surf the web during work hours or fudge time-sheets or create necessary office drama. And when they do make a mistake, they have integrity and own up to it.
These are the employees who can endure even the toughest days at work where new projects are assigned, deadlines on old assignments are moved up, the window is busted and it’s snowing on their desk. It’s important to take things as they come and to be open to new possibilities, like if your boss were to ask you to move across the country for a promotion.
A dedicated employee will always do what is needed of them and then go a little bit further. Take our very own Pat Borea, for example. She rarely misses a day at work and often stays late into the nights answering emails and organizing workshop materials and doing what she does best. Tenacity comes in when an employee sticks to their core values and beliefs, presenting themselves as someone who knows who they are and what they’re capable of.
An employee who shows up on time when expected to, completes all work by the deadlines, and is willing to take on additional tasks and projects proves themselves to be reliable and responsible. Doing your work to the best of your ability will show your boss that you are someone that can be relied on, and that makes you indispensable.
Don’t let your boss catch you on their watch searching for another job. A loyal employee truly believes in the mission and work that their company is doing and wants to be part of the success. They may show their loyalty by attending after-hours functions, taking on additional work with no additional pay, or in general keeping a good positive attitude.
- Positive Attitude/Motivation
A positive attitude is important in a professional environment. When one person begins to doubt the importance or value of the work the company is doing, it can quickly spread and become a productivity drain. It’s much more fun and productive to work in a place where everyone tried their best to be up-beat and focused on the positive outcomes rather than the negative possibilities.
An professional will own up to their mistakes, ask questions when they don’t understand something, and will always handle tough situations in the best ways they can. Like if a co-worker asks you on a date, you’d know that a professional doesn’t date people from the office and so you’d say no. If someone is creating office drama, the professional would talk to their supervisors or talk directly to the drama-maker. Pro-activity and leadership are important here.
A desirable employee is confident, or at least can fake it until (and long after) they make it. In general, it’s better if you truly believe in your value as a employee and trust in your own ability to do a good job and face tough challenges. A confident employee will say “Yes I can” more often than, “No, you should probably ask someone else.”
A self-motivated employee doesn’t need their boss around to keep them on task. This means that you’d be able to organize your own tasks and find ways to complete them before deadlines. A self-motivated employee is the most desired kind of employee because it frees up supervisors to do other important tasks rather than spend all their time overseeing their employees.
- Willingness to Learn
A mind open to possibility and new experiences is a mind that employers want.If you don’t know HTML webpage coding but your boss wants you to learn, say yes! Learning new skills will only serve to make you more marketable and versatile in the job market. More skills can also lead to higher pay, so it’s an all around win. Your education doesn’t end when you receive your diploma, and it shouldn’t. Learning is growing, and in your career you will continue to do both.
Emphasizing these personal values in an interview, for example, may improve your chances of getting a job, and it will allow the interviewer to get to know who you are and who you will be as their employee.