Statements Every Employer Wants to Hear

There is a tremendous amount to be said for the employee who is loyal, performs his or her work with excellence, can adapt and adjust based on the needs of the organization and is easy to coach and instruct.  Assuming the person has the required skills, these characteristics would make any employer happy.  Forbes offers 5 things every employer wants to hear and they are a great reminder for bosses as well.

These statements, so long as they are spoken and then enacted with your full energy and integrity, are magic to your employer’s ears. Here they are:

You will never have to tell me what to do twice.
I will complete the job/assignment you give me with excellence.
I am open to learning, adapting, adjusting and to receiving feedback on how I can improve.
I am easy to correct and instruct.
I am a loyal employee.

As a project manager, I can tell you Forbes got this list right.  Here are some of my thoughts:

Never tell me twice

Statements Every Employer Wants to HearIn order to do this, take notes when your employer assigns tasks. Ask plenty of questions to make sure you understand the assignment.

Also keep your employer or manager updated on progress. If you’re in the same office you might provide informal updates in person. However, if you’re located in a different office or city you may need to provide updates over the phone or via email more often.  Work out the communication plan based on how your manager wants to be informed and always have a status ready.

Perform work with excellence

Excellence is a strong word. If you say it, you better mean it. I believe excellence means doing ones best and trying to go above and beyond the call of duty to provide a high level of quality. Perhaps this requires logging some extra time now and then and reviewing work products multiple times before delivering them.

Openness to learning, adapting and adjusting

I think this one often gets overlooked.  I know many many people grumble about changing or having to do something different than expected.  It’s probably not because your manager wants to change, but it requires it for the company or department to be successful.  I know as a project manager every project is a different flavor and it requires adapting to the situation even if it’s sometimes uncomfortable.  As a great manager once told me, it’s sometimes more art than science!

Easy to correct and instruct

It’s not always easy to be corrected or instructed to do something differently.  I would just say be humble and know that your way isn’t always the right way.  Don’t take work so personally!  It’s easy to get wrapped up in our little world, but consider the company and the business you’re contributing to.


How do you remain loyal to companies today when there are so many staff reductions because of the economy and changing of business strategies?  Companies can change direction quickly and this can leave us without a job.  Of course we have to be open to new opportunities and that might mean sometimes moving onto a new company or career elsewhere.  But at the same time we shouldn’t do our company a disservice, be dishonest or put them in difficult positions.

I love these tips and am going to try to reflect on them often as I do my work.  Honestly, I believe if we state these things and back them up with actions, they can be career game changers.

What do you think about these things every employer wants to hear?

About Jason Price

Jason Price is a family man saved by grace, passionate about faithful financial stewardship (1 Cor 4:2 NIV), soccer and the Pacific sun.

  • Chris @ Stumble Forward

    As an employer it’s good to know that some of my employees are doing these things. I have several employees that I only ever have to tell them something once and they can take it from their which is a huge time saver for me.

    I also believe with these types of things happening within a company can promotes a better atmosphere and can help grow a company overall. Great Article.