What Employers Don’t Want


While employers will include a grocery list of skills and experience that they are seeking in their job advertisements, what they don’t want is just as, or even more, important.  Managers will use your resume to determine if you are qualified for the job and they will use the interview to try to screen out problem employees.  Here is some of the behaviour that employers definitely don’t want at their organization.  If you behave this way, it may be difficult for you to get, and keep, a job.

Whiny Employees.  Have you ever met somebody who was constantly complaining?  Managers can’t stand employees who are always disgruntled about something, whether it’s the volume of work, a change in procedure or the state of the staff kitchen.  These employees are a drain on staff morale and are generally unpleasant to be around.

Unreliable Employees.  Managers always value the employees that they can count on and will be reluctant to give important responsibilities to those they can’t.  It is important that you always show up to work on time, and that you complete your work before the deadline.  If it is not possible, you need to immediately notify your manager and provide them with an explanation.

Employees who Instigate Conflicts.  Most managers resent the amount of time that they are forced to devote towards diffusing conflicts amongst their staff.  An employee who is perceived to be stirring up conflicts may be viewed as being more trouble than they are worth.  While some conflicts may be unavoidable, you should only engage in them when necessary, and always behave with professionalism.

Know-it-all Employees.  There is nothing more irritating than someone who knows everything.  They aren’t willing to accept any suggestions because they believe that they know best.  Some employees behave this way out of pride or because they are trying to demonstrate that they are competent and capable.  While managers like their employees to be confident and to know what they are doing, a little bit of humility goes a long way.

Untrustworthy Employees.  While all of this bad behaviour is annoying to employers, nothing will get you fired quicker than dishonesty.  It doesn’t matter how great you are at your job; if your employer can’t trust you, they won’t want you there.  Never lie, steal, cheat, falsify documents or do anything else that will cause them to doubt your integrity.

More employees lose their job for a bad attitude than they do for any other reason.  If you are genuinely grateful for your position and you treat everyone you encounter with respect, it is unlikely that your manager will have any problems with you.

(Written by Karen Bivand, Image Courtesy of nongpimmy at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

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