What Should You Expect From Your Employer?
by Ramon Greenwood
What should you expect from your employer if you want to be a first-class
player and a winner?
Foremost, you should expect to be provided with an environment of opportunity
in which hard work and achievement are rewarded. This means you will be
encouraged to grow as fast as you can, broadening your capabilities and building
your experience every step of the way. You will be allowed to assume all the
responsibilities you can handle.
This environment of opportunity should allow you to take common sense risks
with the assurance that you will be rewarded if you are right and not punished
if you turn out to be wrong.
You should expect your employer to provide you with the assets you need to
get your assignments done on time and in a manner that produces profits. You
have little chance of being a winner unless you are employed by an organization
that satisfies this expectation.
You should expect your employer to maintain a highly visible connection
between efforts, achievements and rewards. You will not have a nurturing soil in
which you can grow to be a winner in the absence of a reward system that
distinguishes between doing and "gonna do." There is little incentive
to make your best effort where the annual compensation review almost always
results in across-the-board, cost-of-living raises for one and all alike,
loafers as well as producers; where winners are never singled out for a pat on
Over time, the absence of opportunity, the lack of resources and the failure
to reward good work will kill the fire in even the most ambitious of us. These
failures will also cripple organizations.
Those who are driven to be winners will be smart enough to either change such
a destructive environment or leave it.
Ramon Greenwood is Senior Career Counselor for
is a former Senior Vice President at American Express, a published author
and syndicated columnist, a professional director and an entrepreneur.