More than 60% of employees have found some aspects of their jobs to be different from what they had expected.  So, if you might be disappointed in the day-to-day differences in “Expectations And Realities” of your workplace management.

EXPECTATION: The way you illustrate what happens around you!

REALITY: what happens around you!

These two are not always in harmony with one another.

Based on the skill set of the worker, the communication level, the personality of co-workers and managers, and the overall workplace environment, the way employees comprehend their jobs can be quite different from what actually exists. While the way managers perceive employee working conditions can differ greatly from what workers actually anticipate.

It is important that managers and owners invest time and other resources in making perceptions and reality line up at work.

Workers’ thoughts about the workload and the time to complete assigned tasks may differ greatly from what supervisors or other co-workers think of their workloads. Reality may actually be somewhere in between, but employers and management should take time to survey employees in a non-forceful way and allow them to feel that their responses are valuable. Many employees feel rushed or overwhelmed at work, but a little communication, reorganization, and delegation can go a long way in changing this perception.

“OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY is the most strategic sector of every organization. Workers face health and safety risk vulnerability when exposed to hazards 3 x more than in any other sector.



  • It is a learned behavior to recognize the intensity of dangers – In some cases, real intensity is much more.”
  • New workers ignore warnings of the hazards •


  • People have problems personalizing danger “it happened to them, but that won’t happen to me”
  • The problem is often compounded by the “invincible” attitude at worksites.

In Reality, incidents do not personalize anyone.


Prevalence of responsibility is a situation in which a person is less likely to take responsibility for action or inaction when others are present – The bystander effect is a phenomenon in which people expect to ignore a situation but incorrectly assume most others accept it.

In reality, the situation may need your attention.

  • The worker doesn’t consider a situation so hazardous that it presents a high likelihood of harm or an impending action that will lead to harm • Worker may assume that he/she doesn’t have the authority to get involved.

In reality, If you are able, you have potential, don’t be afraid of alienating a co-worker by calling attention to an unsafe situation.


Every employer expects to maintain the following behaviors from their employee  in the workplace:

  • Display a positive and respectful attitude.
  • Work with honesty and integrity.
  • Represent the organization in a responsible manner.
  • Perform their jobs to a reasonable, acceptable standard.
  • Maintain good attendance.
  • Conduct themselves in a professional manner, even when off duty.
  • Follow set policies and procedures when dealing with problems or issues.


  • Salary/compensation increases
  • Retirement plan
  • “Fun” office features.
  • Company-paid perks (e.g., car, phone, health club membership)
  • Regular performance reviews
  • Room to grow within the organization particularly earned through hard work and promotions


  • Proper training, support, and leadership
  • Timely and accurate payment of wages
  • Safe and healthy working environments
  • Full disclosure and explanation of the job responsibilities, company policies and procedures
  • Regular feedback on performance from supervisors or managers
  • Access to the resources they need to perform their work tasks efficiently and properly
  • Fair and consistent communication and application of policies (e.g., performance, discipline, conduct) across the team
  • Credit and acknowledgment for work achieved


  • What work actually is like.

Expectations may have robbed us of fully appreciating the reality.To save yourself from unnecessary disappointment, it’s advisable to blandish your expectations.


It’s also very likely that you won’t have a cubicle; your working space will not consist of big comfy furniture, a big desk with your name on it. You will probably just have a desk with a simple divider to separate it from the person next to you. You have to work for a big desk or cubicle – and it will take years.


It’s dubious that you’ll be pushed into the strife of big decisions and projects.

You’ll have to work your way up and gain the trust of the people you work with. Have patience, important responsibilities will take time.


In every organization, there is a fixed schedule. Suppose your working hours are from 9 to 5 but it is not expected that you’ll be out the door sharp at 5 pm. You’ll find yourself staying after hours some days in the week, which is a really common thing for young, ambitious executives. Don’t worry – all those standby hours will pay off in nearby future!


When you feel to be able to work at your convenience when you have the free time. In reality, working at noncustomary times will become very inconvenient while chasing deadlines! you can disturb your work-life balance.

If this work-life balance,  you really want, then time management is the key. Try to follow your scheduled hours at work and get closer to your work-life balance.


Work isn’t just physical work. On these occasions, you will have to discuss with your co-workers and bosses to complete the project successfully. You also don’t have to be glued to your desk every single minute you’re at the workplace from the start to the end.

It’s logical to take a break, in fact, it helps increase your efficiency but don’t spend more time taking breaks than you do working!


It may have taken a little longer to recognize the skills you already possess. The tasks you are assigned to may not give you the chance to use your best skills.

Consider it an opportunity to furnish present skills and acquire other new skills to make you a better well-rounded employee.


Emotions are very strong and beautiful things in our personal lives but don’t work in the workplace. Emotions challenge logic, and logic is the system that keeps everyone focused on the task. Combining emotions with workplace situations can brush away expectations from reality

Let reality set in by concentrating on your goal and trying not to prove yourself an emotional fool to your colleagues.

“Expectations and realities can be troublesome if you let yourself be apathetic to other’s perceptions. Instead of creating negative feelings such as annoyance or irritation, consider times when you’ve been in that particular situation then only make the judgment. Keep trust in management and  let them take care of real problems with the situation, and  don’t  let the expectations of your own work principles make you force on those who work in another way.”

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