Unspoken Expectations

In a typical employment situation, certain expectations, such as salary, hours, and job duties, are clearly understood by both employer and employee. Other expectations, however, are so intimately linked to an individual’s concept of work that they often go unspoken or unacknowledged.

That’s why I love the Work Expectations Profile. It helps people explore 10 work expectations that affect today’s employment relationships and then communicate those expectations with their manager, including:

• Structure • Recognition • Environment • Teamwork • Balance • Diversity • Autonomy • Expression • Stability • Career Growth

Research has shown that people who have clearly defined, well-communicated expectations have better attitudes and enjoy greater job satisfaction than people whose expectations go unspoken or unrealized. And companies that employ satisfied, successful people reap the rewards of increased productivity and reduced turnover.

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