I’m the worst employee in the world. I’ll cheat and steal time and resources from my employer, although I’ll con everybody into believing I’m essential to the operation.
Instead of thinking of you working for Microsoft, think of how Microsoft can work for you.
The employer generally gets the employees he deserves.
—J Paul Getty
Employee loyalty begins with employer loyalty. Your employees should know that if they do the job they were hired to do with a reasonable amount of competence and efficiency, you will support them.
Always be smarter than the people who hire you.
It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.
Compassion, together with contractual responsibility for one’s workforce, is a mark of a top employer.
—Frans van Houten
No employer today is independent of those about him. He cannot succeed alone, no matter how great his ability or capital. Business today is more than ever a question of cooperation.
—Orison Swett Marden
When you do a writing job for a studio, one of the things you want to do is satisfy the expectations of your employer. That’s a little bit different than when you sit down and write something to satisfy yourself, because then you’re the employer.
If you’re an employer, you want to hire an employee who’ll do their job, not do your bidding.
The employer class is less indispensable in the modern organisation of industries because the labouring men themselves possess sufficient intelligence to organise into co-operative relation and enjoy the entire benefits of their own labour.
Employers are like horses—they require management.
(This story appears in the 09 April, 2021 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)