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Employability: Attitude Affects Everything!

Employers do not only care about what knowledge a new employee has. Most workplaces can and do train their staff. What it is that they are looking for are people with the right attitude.

Attitude is an expression of favour or disfavour toward a person, place, thing, or event. It is a way of being in the world. Employers want people who display a positive attitude to themselves, the world and their job. At TSiBA we believe that the cornerstones of a thriving organisation are appreciation, present moment awareness and ongoing reflection. All members of our learning community (students, staff, mentors, lecturers and volunteers) consciously strive to demonstrate our attitudinal values:

  • We are proud of who we are”
  • “We support each other in our growth”
  • “We take care of our environment”
  • “We take responsibility for our personal renewal and learning”
  • “We love life!”
  • “We share what we have”
  • “We are self-disciplined”
  • “We build networks”
  • “We make decisions together”

What sort of attitude do you think others might see in you? What sort of attitude would you like them to see? Think about times when perhaps your attitude was not as positive as it could have been.

Sometimes we get so caught up in our own thoughts and in our own head that we don’t stop and think about how others might see us – particularly in the workplace. Often we must pay attention to our attitude so that it can help us in our jobs.

Employability is a measure of an applicant who has the appropriate character traits, competencies and skills to make a prospective employer keen to offer her/him the vacant position. Having a positive attitude can affect all of this and your employability. Below is a list of what could be called demands or expectations of an individual when it comes to their employability.

  • Punctuality – being on time for work and for agreed to timelines.
  • Reliability – doing what you have said you would do.
  • Trustworthiness – can you be trusted?
  • Honesty – try and be as honest as possible.
  • Politeness/Courtesy – be pleasant to those you work with.
  • Respect – respect boundaries and recognise someone else’s achievements.
  • Self-Discipline – manage yourself, your time and your work without the need for constant attention. 
  • Tidiness – keep track of important files and documents, keep your desk and yourself organized.
  • Be able to plan – set goals and think about a plan to achieve them
  • Time management – don’t leave work until the last minute, know how long things will take to finish. 
  • Commitment and Tenacity – see something through to the end.
  • Resourcefulness – find solutions to problems or challenges.
  • Self-Improvement – there are ALWAYS new ways to do things, seek improvement.

Go through each category; ask yourself privately whether you display that attitude, skill or competency. Ask yourself whether other people see
them in you or not.

How will you improve on those areas that are weak? How can you build on areas of strength?