In my adult life I have had a number of jobs which don’t qualify for any kind of career. I’ve been what employers would call a job hopper, however, my view is such that I now can work in many areas of the employment industry.
A fact that all of us know is that many times employers and employees clash over how things should be run. Employers usually find out, in a hurry that being in a management position is not fun. I’ve visited with people who own businesses and the number one problem they have is employees who do not show up when they are supposed to. One employer who has mostly teen-age type people working for him said that they complain about more hours, they complain about not enough hours and when they are given more hours they inform the employer that they need 3 days off for some relatives wedding or other doing’s.
I think employees need to realize that they are hired to do a job no matter what the job is and employers should be able to sometimes bend the rules. How do we keep people in their job?
I would think that an orderly, clean workplace ranks right up there. If the employer doesn’t take care of the workplace; the employees are not going to care how the job gets done.
If an employee is a smoker and the establishment or business is a non-smoking environment then the employee should be given breaks to be able to go outside and smoke. (Quitting smoking would be the best thing to do health-wise.)
I know of employers who have their employees work straight through the day without lunch breaks and that just isn’t right. So, employers should always provide a lunch break.
Hire enough people to run the business, but don’t over-hire so people are left without enough hours worked. That’s another problem—employers who over-hire and have everyone on a part-time basis with no 40 hour work weeks for anyone but the boss.
Frequent breaks away from the desk and computer is another common sense tip. Staring at a computer and sitting all day makes for tired people. Get up and away from the desk, maybe even go outside for a breath of air and a quick walk around the block.
Benefits are another bonus. Employers should be able to afford some type of medical, dental and/or vision benefits for their employees. I know of one big chain that tells the employees that because they work only part-time they actually qualify for low income assistance and use that as a benefit.
If an employee looks like they are having personal problems be sure they can talk to someone about the problems. It’s very hard to separate home from work and qualified help should be provided to the employee.
These are just a few tips that should be in all workplace environments. If an employee thinks they are being treated unfairly there are options…just go out and find them.