Updated - monday 9th of july 2018

Hiring and starting employment: What does your employer expect from you?

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In general, an employer expects the following four things from his employees: work well done, respect for the basic rules of teamwork, interest in the company's goals, and of course courteous and polite behavior.

To clarify the details of the agreement in these four areas, ask questions. If you are offered a unionized position, most answers will appear in your collective agreement. If your position is not unionized, all the points on which you will agree with your employer will constitute your employment contract, written or verbal. In any case, the minimum standards provided by the laws must be respected.

To prepare your questions and be as knowledgeable as possible, consult the table below, or ask for help from a consultant.

The execution of the mandate he entrusted to me

  • What will be my duties and responsibilities?
  • Who will entrust them to me?
  • Who will evaluate my work?
  • Does my employer expect me to take initiatives?

Your employer expects you to fulfill the mandate he has given you on time. If this mandate is not clear, ask him to clarify it. Same thing for the schedule.

Make sure you know who your supervisor is, to whom you should report for details of your duties. Check with him if he expects you to take initiatives or not, and if so, within what limits.

Take your mandate seriously. Your employer has entrusted it to you. This is the very foundation of your work.

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