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Employees' Responsibilities to their employers

Updated: Apr 1, 2020

Every employee has responsibilities to their employer as laid out in the contract of employment. These are likely to be:


Excellent attendance and punctuality - be at work every day and on time

This means an employee will be able to carry out their work according to schedule and thus will be able to meet deadlines.

Employers will not tolerate poor time-keeping by an employee and this could lead to an employee being dismissed from their job. Employers value their reputation and would not be too keen on word circulating that they were ignoring poor time-keeping amongst their employees.


Appropriate behaviour - be respectful and ready and willing to work at all times


Work efficiently - complete the tasks required using a high level of skill and commitment


Time Management - to manage time well and ask for help and support when required


Have a positive attitude and desire to work efficiently - to show loyalty, commitment, and honesty


Make sure deadlines are met to the best of an individual's ability

Employees would be expected to meet deadlines so that orders can be produced on time.


When employees meet deadlines the business will benefit from meeting their production targets.

The business will build up a good relationship with its customers and this could lead to more orders and hence more profit.

The employee will achieve a degree of satisfaction and this will motivate them, resulting in better work being produced for the business and possibly lead to an increase in sales.


Adhering to health and safety procedures such as knowing about emergency exits,

The employee needs to know the quickest way to exit the building in case an emergency arises and they have to vacate the building very quickly.

The employee needs to make sure that nothing is allowed to obstruct the passageways leading to emergency exits in order to ensure a quick exit if needed. The employee needs to take procedures seriously so that they do not injure themselves, for example wearing goggles will protect their eyes, ear-muffs will ensure their hearing does not become impaired.





When employees meet their responsibilities, this leads to:

- job satisfaction

- efficiency in the workplace

- high staff morale

- a successful business

- a positive and productive working environment


What happens if employees fail to meet their responsibilities?

  • A verbal warning to the employee (they may get more than one)

  • A written warning to the employee (they may get more than one)

  • The employee may be dismissed - they could lose their job.

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