Wednesday, January 13, 2010

How to be a Great Employee

I have been an employee for 25 years, and for many of those I have been a great employee. I have learned a few things over the years that can help anyone become great.

The first thing you should know: Your employer is not required to employ you. You are not doing them a favor by showing up everyday. Unemployment is high and under employment is higher. There are others out there that would be more happy to have your job. So suck it up and try to have a good attitude most days.

Second, you are not entitled to a raise. You accepted your job at an agreed upon wage. Why should your employer pay you more for performing the same task. If you want more money...do more work. On the same note: Employers if you have an employee that is going above and beyond on a frequent and regular basis...pony up more cash.

And lastly you were hired to do a job. You were not hired to text, surf the next or spend 8 hours taking care of your personal business. Any boss worth their salt will respect that occasionally you have things that need to be taken care of during business hours, but DO NOT take advantage of them.

Show your employer respect, realize that times are tough and step up. Be great!

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