The importance of character traits.

An employer expects employees to work together toward achieving the objectives of the company.  The wise employee who is interested in having a good relationship with an employer will try to help the employer achieve success.  An employer, in return for salary or wages and fringe benefits paid to employees, expects employees to develop certain desirable traits that will help them to perform their jobs well so that the company can succeed.


Understanding the Importance of Good Character Traits

  • Loyalty

  • Honesty

  • Trustworthy
  • Dependability
    and Reliability

  • Initiative

  • Self-Discipline

loyaltyLOYALTY to a company means going to your supervisor with any problem or complaint that may arise.  Part of a supervisor’s job is to handle employee problems.  Employers prefer to solve their own internal problems.  They do not want dissatisfied employees complaining about their work to outsiders.  In the same manner, employers do not want their employees to criticize the company’s goods or services to others outside the company.  In fact, all employees should remember that they are goodwill ambassadors and salespeople for their company. 

Another aspect of loyalty concerns keeping company “secrets” (or strategies) within the company.   Always keep in mind that if the company can succeed, you will be more likely to succeed also.

With loyalty comes a sense of pride.  You should be proud of the work your company does and the work you do for the company.  If conditions are such that you cannot feel faithfulness and allegiance to your company, you should seek a job elsewhere. 

honestyHONESTY is not only defined by the actual act of stealing objects from your company.   If you are scheduled to work 8 hours a day with two 15-minute breaks and a 1-hour lunch break, you need to work 8 hours a day.  However, many people will not stay on task, will arrive to work late, and will take extra breaks during the day.  They might bring their breakfast to work with them and eat on the job.  They might extend break or lunch times or spend too much time socializing with co-workers or with personal callers.  These kinds of behaviors are theft also—time theft.   People who engage in these behaviors are taking the company’s money to sit around while the company is paying them to work.  Therefore, stay on task

trustMany cases exist when an employer or supervisor needs to be able to place an employee in a position of trust.  When the employer trusts an employee, it often means that the employer can ask the employee to do something beyond the call of duty and expect the employee to accomplish it.  The special task could be closing up a business at the end of the day.  It might involve supervising others.  An employer would want someone who handles the company’s cash or keeps a tool room or supply room to be trustworthy.  Each of these situations requires that the employer trust the employee to carry out the task.  When the employee completes the task, he or she earns the employer’s trust.

Dependability and reliability are related to trustworthiness.  A responsible, dependable employee is one who agrees to carry out a task under agreed-upon procedures.

Employees are often put in positions in which they are responsible for money, for other people’s safety, for other people’s production, for merchandise, for customers’ goodwill, for company equipment, and so on.   Employers are quick to see which employees can handle positions and situations of responsibility and which cannot.  When you are careful to make sure that any job you are given is done well and completed on time, you will build up your reputation for being dependable and reliable.  Such work ethics are valuable to any employer.

Although you may be hired for a specific type of work or job, situations arise in most companies that require helping out beyond one’s immediate responsibility.  For instance, employees become ill or have emergencies in their families that require their absence, but their work still has to be done.  Or perhaps you see a co-worker who has an unforeseen overload and really needs a hand to get a project completed.  If you show a willingness to pitch in and help out in such cases, you are displaying initiative.  Although union contracts or licensing may limit what employees are allowed to do outside their own jobs, an overall attitude of helpfulness makes the organization run more smoothly and improves everyone’s work situation

selfBeing self-disciplined is a part of accepting responsibility for your own actions.  We are the only ones from whom we can steal time, talent, and accomplishment.  Self-discipline requires that you structure your time so that you can cultivate and use your talents and abilities for the betterment of your company and you. 

Self-discipline also requires that you learn to handle your emotions.  Emotional, childish outbursts and unreasonable displays of anger cause others to question your maturity.  Avoid the irrational assumption that you have to express all your feelings.  You are in control of your feelings; they are not in control of you.  Your anger and irritation can be changed without compromising your personal integrity