What does a company/hospital expect from their new employee?

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Professional Appearance
Good appearance in the medical industry is essential as this displays a clinical and clean image, which sends a positive signal that you will ‘connect’ well at a medical location. The image and demeanour you present in your work environment plays an important role in career promotion. 

Professional appearance is important every single step of an employee’s working career.  An employee is a representation of the company/hospital that employs them and it is the employer’s objective to have their employees project a favourable image.  

The field of healthcare is a very demanding field of service and punctuality is therefore crucial.  Punctual planning should be observed and studied with great detail. Bear in mind that time is money and the first rule of good conduct in any job role is good time-keeping.  Employees who are continually late are actually stealing time from their employer as well as creating a damaging reputation.  Furthermore, poor time-keeping could have a detrimental effect on a patient’s life.

Why Should an Employee be Flexible?
Accepting flexible working hours is necessary when working in the medical industry, as unexpected situations will often arise, causing an employee to adopt an accommodating attitude in consenting to flexible hours of employment.

Every employer wants to have a flexible and adaptable workforce, it is therefore imperative that a candidate or potential employee demonstrates a flexible approach to work.  An employer will feel at ease with an employee who is adaptable and will therefore possess the ability to comfortably slot-in to changing environments or work/shift patterns.

Knowledge and understanding of Occupational Health and Safety
Take the initiative to recognise any hazards, associated with the workplace, that have not been previously controlled and report them in accordance with organisational procedure. Also take particular note how individual actions and behaviour may affect others.

Any company/hospital will presume the new employee to have sufficient knowledge about the company
A company/hospital will expect a new employee to have some basic background knowledge of their new employer.  It is normally during the new employee’s first week that they will be informed about the various policies and procedures of the company, such things as rules regarding employee conduct, attendance, dress code and the normal conditions related to the terms of employment.  It is the duty of the new employee to quickly follow and respect the hospital/company’s rules and regulations.

Assessing Abilities/Skills
The purpose of an employee evaluation is to measure job performance and this is crucial for the new employee because they will need to be monitored in order to judge their general output of work and to assess their overall working attitude as regards, reliability and professionalism.

Attendance Record
The essential characteristic of an employee in a company/hospital is their dependability and the most relevant factor in being dependable is their attendance record.  How can a company/hospital rely on an employee who has a poor attendance record?  If an employee is frequently absent from work then they will fall behind, which will affect the overall quality of their work and general performance.  A new employee should, if possible, avoid taking holidays within the first three months of their employment and steer well clear of sick leave.

Eagerness to Learn
If an employee is keen to progress and develop they will need to adopt an attitude of a willingness to learn and to keep up-to-date on work related matters, as well as making full use of supporting factors available to them.  Whether or not a task may appear to be too trivial or unimportant an employee should bear in mind the relevance of maintaining a flexible attitude and optimistic opinion.

Engaging with Team Work
A new employee will be expected to blend in with a team because being able to work effectively as part of a team is extremely important in today’s working environment.  Teamwork is about co-operation, negotiating with others, contributing work proposals as well as listening and sharing ideas.  However, it also includes solving problems collectively, sharing workloads, task and responsibilities. It is crucial for the new employee to respect their colleagues and to play a positive role within their team.

How Should a New Employee Address a Superior/Boss?
An important part of manners is how to address people, and as first impressions stick, an employee should be informed on their first day as to who is not on a first name basis.  In today’s business world it is common for everyone to be on a first name basis, while this may be modern, there is the danger of people not showing adequate respect to their superiors and any uncertainty as to not know how to address people can cause tension for employees.  For example a Surgeon in the UK is always addressed as mister (Mr) and not Doctor (Dr); and a Physician is addressed as Doctor.  (The reason that Surgeons are addressed as Mr, Miss, Ms or Mrs is due to history.)