We have all taken jobs we did not want to do. We have all sacrificed our individuality and moral integrity for a paycheck. Some people become so comfortable with being pushed around by an employer that they stop caring about their own well being and instead focus on their employer’s satisfaction and the production of the company. However, it is good to step back and observe your employer on how he or she behaves on a professional level. This may give you the reality check that you need to truly gauge your employer. Would you hire him or her?
Professionalism in the workplace is necessary to keeping the environment productive. Your employer should be able to understand that you are your own individual and that you should not be subjected to doing things that are against your morals. He or she should also refrain from personal comments or questions that may make you feel uncomfortable. Also, threats, bribes, and blackmails should be avoided. Also, if he or her takes things personally or plays favorites with certain employees then he or she does not know how to act professionally.
Do you find it difficult to have a normal conversation with your employer? One of the most important things you should expect from your employer is normal social skills. Some employers may have a motive behind each and every conversation that suggests he or she is wiling to make any sacrifice necessary for the good of the company. This shows commitment, but it can also scare into thinking that he or she cannot handle a conversation unrelated to work.
Understanding, Cooperative, and Respectful
Is your employer understanding to your needs and helpful when you have an issue? The best employers are team players and respectful to people in all positions. They understand that the business or institution is a collection of employees working together to produce a few main goals. If they are not understanding or cooperative then they fail to recognize your importance to the overall business.
Your employer can be all of the things mentioned above, but if he or she does not provide you with the pay you have earned, does not give enough break time, does not help prevent accidents or injuries in the workplace, and does not respect your personal privacy, then he or she is breaking the law. That is something no one should expect from their employer.