What does an Employer and Employee Want?

In the last two decades, there has been a noticeable shift in where, when, and how teens learn to adapt to working.

These lessons were initially taught in most places of worship, homes, and what used to be called “apprenticeships” for teens to work, often in unpaid jobs. Over time, numerous schools started teaching students, particularly those in high school, some of the basics needed to work successfully. Before having voluntary military service, many teenagers learned diverse skillset during their service tours, whether in their state or abroad. Then we started an era of rapid evolution in technology, and a fall in trades work, developing an imbalance in abilities, matching skills, and inclinations. We face an economic collapse due to current pandemic, high education costs, and sad unemployment rates. So, it is not overwhelming to notice that many important components of work relationships have been either forgotten or ignored, as people struggle to deal with these anxieties. 

Today, I am covering two important suggestions to make this bond work positively for you and your boss on a longer run. 


Employers want a worker who has the skillset or can learn the skills needed quicker than others. They usually have a pay range for the job, based on the required skills. Normally, entry-level jobs are low-paying, minimum wage, or slightly higher. Bosses want someone trustworthy, on time every day, someone who does not abuse mealtime or break, and someone who does not exploit firm’s benefits by abusing vacation or sick time.

Every organization has regulations, and bosses expect workers to follow them, whether they like them or not. While there may not be a corporate dress code, they expect workers to dress for the office, with neat, clean clothing, and less loud accessories. They expect coordination and cooperation, knowing that not everyone will like each other, but want all to get the job done. They hope workers to take work-related issues to the supervisor, rather than other workers, who have no authority over the decisions that need to be taken.


Workers want someone who can teach them the skill set they need, constructive criticism on how they are doing, and appreciation and support when work is completed properly. They want unbiased criticism to be handled in private and with sensitivity. They want any benefits they are entitled to when they become available. They want to be paid on time and precise explanations about the regulations in the workplace. As their skills grow more robust, they want to know how to get to the next level of the ladder, whether it is a lateral transfer or a promotion. They want to be a part of the decision-making process about the work they are asked to do. While this is not always feasible, they would like to share their opinions and suggest ways to get the job done more effectively.

P.S.: I want to caution the new employee. If you have no idea how to go about giving suggestions, discuss it with your supervisor in private first. It is hard to recognize that many times there are real reasons why you have been asked to do something a certain way, with no changes. They may or may not be open to discussing the ideas with you, so this is the best time to exercise patience, whether you agree with the decision or not.

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