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How Employers See You: The Harsh Truth

July 29, 2012

Employers and employees are both often the butt of jokes amongst each other’s peers. Employees tend to view some employers as disconnected and some employers tend to see employees as unrealistic. Whatever the different perspectives, the truth lies within their own beliefs. There are great employees out there. They consistently work hard. They believe in the company and trust their leadership. But even the most coveted employee comes with an opposing view from the employer.

Like the purchaser of a home, employers view employees as investments. Employers build their businesses with two daily agendas, to reduce cost and increase sales. A homeowner works to reduce the mortgage while increasing the value. Become a poorly producing employee and you become at risk of being terminated. This sounds harsh, but is the fact. Employers often have different perspectives than employees because they have entrusted workers with their investment; compounded when there are obligations to investors. Employers are often not evil. They, at times, lack interpersonal skills to charismatically inspire their team. They sometimes lack emotional stability and effective communication skills. This is most common in novice entrepreneurs who become new employers. They keep the risk that they took opening a business at the front of their minds and don’t properly articulate why they need what they need from their workers. In other words, they fail to convey how each person fits into the big picture and how their lack of performance affects everything else.

If employers could make money without having to trust anyone and rather rely on machinery, many would elect to do so. However, since that is not always the reality. They hire. But they hire with expectations that employees may not always understand.

Assets – You are this. This is what they look at you as this. You are part of their investment. They want you healthy (thus health insurance) and happy.

Production – They want this. They want you to work. Yes, casual laughs with them at the water cooler are accepted but frequency is discouraged. They want you to make $3 for every $1 they pay you. How? Work!

Human Error – They hate this. Mistakes cost money. This is why technology is rapidly replacing workers. Technology is predictable, coachable, and programmable. The more mistakes you make, the more of a liability they view you, whether your errors are intentional, accidental or justified.

Cost – They avoid this. It is not rocket science to why outsourcing and offshoring is such a phenomenon. Employers rather pay less for the same work, thus mistakes made by the worker won’t hurt as much. Sometimes we price ourselves out of employment.

Human Capital – They encourage this. They love the idea of you educating yourself, as long as it adds to your productivity and not their expense. Be seen educating yourself on how to be an entrepreneur and, well… did I mention unemployment?

Depending on your loyalty or compassion to them will be how they feel towards you. Establish complaining traits, blaming attributes and unreliability and the perspective of you will be similar to that of a neighborhood with foreclosed homes. They want to get out of the investment and will determine an exit strategy on the best way how.

Devin Robinson is a business and economics professor, serial entrepreneur and author of POWER MOVE: How to Transition from Employee to Employer. Learn more about his book at or about him at

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