8 Things Employers Notice About Employees

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In many companies, people are the most expensive operating cost. And having the right people is often the difference between a thriving company and failing one. With so much riding on having good employees, owners are attuned to many details that others may consider inconsequential. These observations separate the star players from the rest of the pack. Here are 8 things that employers notice about their employees:

1.      When you arrive and leave
If your workday starts at 8am, but you regularly scurry into your desk at 8:07 – start your computer, get your cup of coffee – and are ready to function at 8:20, you will stick out, and not in a good way. The same goes for routinely leaving work earlier than expected, taking an abundance of breaks, or excess unplanned absences. Timeliness is an indication of reliability. Your team counts on you being available during your scheduled work hours. If you are habitually unavailable, your boss and your co-workers will begin to see you as unreliable.

2.      The way you dress
How you dress at work is a component of how you present yourself as a professional; it matters. Your employee handbook should be a starting point for determining what is appropriate to wear to work. You can also get a hint of what is appropriate from seasoned co-workers’ attire. In general, employers want people to dress in a way that doesn’t distract from the work environment.

3.      How you manage your time
Your time is the limited resource you bring to the company. So how you manage your time is a key component in how effective you are at your job. How well you manage your time becomes apparent in how consistently you meet deadlines and how you fill the time when your plate is less busy. Time management also extends to how much time you allow yourself to be distracted by personal phone calls, text messages, social media, and browsing the internet. The time you spend at work should be dedicated to contributing your productivity. Your boss will notice to what level you live up to that.

4.      How well you communicate
Almost every job requires a level of interaction with other people, be it co-workers, vendors, managers, customers, or clients. Since work, in general, requires cooperation amongst individuals, communication is an element vital to success. Your boss knows that your effectiveness at work is closely related to how well you communicate, so he’ll be listening to how you speak from the very first interview. Speech that is clear, concise, free of slang and expletives, and confident will set you apart from your unrefined peers.    

5.      When you put the company first
A strong, successful company benefits its employees – monetarily and personally. Though this fact should seem obvious, it is so often overlooked by employees. When employees only focus on the short-term benefits they can get out of the company, they often miss the greater reward of what can be reaped from the success of the whole organization. Because it’s not commonplace, your boss will undoubtedly notice you putting the company first – willingly stepping in to help wherever it is needed.

6.      If you are self-motivated
Do you have that internal fire in you, pushing you to accomplish greatness? Or does it take someone asking you to do something three times before it even registers on your priorities list? Employees that require motivation take more management energy, needing micromanaging to remain effective. When your boss sees you accomplishing tasks with minimal oversight, your value to the organization increases. 

7.      How you handle constructive feedback
When you’re given constructive feedback, do you recoil in irritation? Do you start up a round of the “blame game?” Or are you able to take it as an opportunity to grow? Being on the receiving end of criticism isn’t easy for anyone, but how you respond to your boss trying to provide an honest assessment of your performance says a lot about you. An employee that responds harshly or in a negative way comes off as being insecure and lacking self-awareness. Employees who receive feedback to grow show humility and a willingness to be mentored.

8.      If you’re a team player
Being an outstanding employee will set you apart, but what will make you invaluable in your boss’s eyes is if you're able to influence and inspire those around you to perform at an elevated level. High performance teams make exponentially more impact on an organization than one individual, no matter how great the individual is.

No, these things may not have been listed on the job description you received on orientation day, but they matter. Day in and day out, your employer notices these things. Be mindful of them and you will see a tangible difference in how you are viewed within your organization.

EmployeeMatthew Pohl