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Are Employers and Employees on the Same Page?

Are Employers and Employees on the Same Page?

Most companies have some means by which to track employee attendance so that the business is not getting the short end of the stick.
Whether it is through sign-in and sign-out ledgers, installation of monitoring devices on computers when employees log in and out, or just a visual recognition from the office manager and/or departmental manager, many businesses know when their workers start the day and when they conclude it.

But for others, it all rests for the most part with the honor system.
Many employees are entrusted with honestly showing up for work on time, staying to the end of their respective shifts, and working any necessary overtime. For the most part, it is safe to assume that employees hold up their end of the bargain in this area, but of course there will always be some that try and take advantage of the system.

Employers and Their Obligations

Switch gears for a minute and turn to the employer and their obligations.
What about those employers that attempt to take advantage of their workers by telling them that unpaid work (overtime) is vital to the company’s survivability and/or do not work with employees when it comes to being flexible with hours so they can meet necessary personal needs? Do they simply keep up such actions or sooner or later realize that it does more harm than good?
If you talk to most employers and employees for that matter, I think it is safe to say the majority would say there needs to be a happy medium.
Companies have many needs in order to stay afloat and even gain ground in today’s challenging economy. It is reasonable to think that there will be times when they will ask of and need additional help from their employees.
That being said, what about the needs of employees?
Does your company extend a hand when they need time off for a doctor’s appointment or family emergency? Do you take into effect the fact that some employees will need to supplement their incomes outside of your business and work part-time and/or freelance positions? Do you or have your considered offering some employees with families or long commutes the option of working at home on occasion? If the answer is no to any and/or all these scenarios, you could find yourself with a problem.

Employees and Choices

While it is still an employer’s market given the national unemployment rate of approximately 8.1 percent, many employees do have a choice.
Most employees it is safe to assume are reasonable and are willing to go the extra mile for their employers. And yes, companies can always find another warm body to put in these seats of those that question such practices. With that in mind, do employers want to keep training new workers and become known as a business that has a revolving door of people? I’m thinking the answer is probably no.
In a day and age when both employers and employees need to work as one in order to make a profit for their companies, it would behoove both sides to be willing to partake in a little give and take.
Employers first and foremost need to find employees that are best suited to work for them, both from a performance stand point and from a team perspective.
Employers also need to bend a little in the flexibility department if they want to get the best talent and keep those workers.

Dave Thomas, who writes on subjects such as time and attendance software and free business plan software, writes extensively for San Diego-based Business.com.

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  1. Great post at Are Employers and Employees on the Same Page? | Resumebear Online Resume. I was checking continuously this blog and I am impressed! Very useful info specially the last part :) I care for such information much. I was seeking this particular information for a long time. Thank you and good luck.

  2. Abdul,

    Good point on “heart work” in your comments. It definitely helps when employees come to work with the idea that they’re investing not only in the company but also themselves. Companies that look at their workers as people and not numbers will get much farther in today’s tough economic climate. Thanks for reading.
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  3. Abdul talks about Heart Work. What a great idea.

  4. It is interesting what one can do with numbers. The author says the unemployment rate is 8.1%, David, above, says it is closer to 14%, and I have read that it is even higher. It really doesn’t matter to the person who doesn’t have a job or a job that meets his/her needs.

    I like the phrase Abdul used “employees heart work”.

    Yes, there are employers who take advantage of employees and employees who take advantage of their employer. Ultimately, both will loose because it takes a team effort to make a company great. So they must be on the same page in order to grow. Perhaps we will even some day see companies who value all of their employees and realize that their success is not achieved by the top few, but the cooperation of all.
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  5. Those are very though provoking questions and should be a priority in any small medium or large business.

    Business growth directly depends on employees heart work not hard work and when employees are doing their work with heart then employees are employers are on the same page, once they are it’s impossible that they do not grow!! magic starts to occur, a small group of people start to conquer big market.

    Some may say well is it really possible? well I guess all the computer software companies, all the mobile app building companies are congruent they clap with both hands

  6. In an ideal world no one takes advantage of anyone else. In a business it is really important to strike a balance between the needs of the company and the needs of the employess if there is to be stability and growth.

  7. The employer/employee relationship is one that neither side should take advantage of and in which both sides should be somewhat flexible. That being said, the employer does have the right to expect the employee to give 100% of his effort to the company while on the job and not mix it with personal business. Doing just that might cut down on the need for overtime.

    • Hi David I wanted to cdriet the source of something I mentioned to you at the seminar today. The comic XKCD uses mouseover text as an extra punchline, so highlight the comic and you’ll find the actual text for what I paraphrased. I’m enjoying the class, see you tomorrow. Mary

  8. It would be nice if the unemployment rate was really 8.1 percent. If you include the number of people who have simply given up looking for the work, the real number is closer to 14%. But the author is correct in that most employees do give their best at work. Too much “employee monitoring” can be quite intrusive and create a hostile work environment. The work place should be nurturing so that employees want to give their best.
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  9. It would be nice if the unemployment rate was really 8.1 percent. If you include the number of people who have simply given up looking for the work, the real number is closer to 14%. But the author is correct in that most employees to give their best at work. Too much “employee monitoring” can be quite intrusive and create a hostile work environment. The work place should be nurturing so that employees want to give their best.
    David Burke recently posted..Rules for Fools

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