If you’re wondering what qualities will really set you apart in the work place, here are 1o. Every boss desires to have an employee who models these qualities.
1. Manage Yourself
Manage yourself by knowing your roles and responsibilities. In addition, learn what it takes to go a step beyond what your current role entails. Know what makes you a competitive advantage to your boss.
2. Manage Your Boss
This means knowing your boss’s likes and dislikes and how they work best. For example, do they prefer to be updated via e-mail (a more visual based person)? Or do they prefer verbal updates (a more auditory person)? Learn how to break bad news to them, prepare them for meetings and for the unexpected.
3. Managerial Attitude
Even if you work an entry level position, have a managerial attitude. See to it that things are done the way they should be. Help manage the expectations of everyone in the team.
4. Time Management
Prioritize! Know what to do and when to do it. It’s important to avoid procrastination. Great employees know how to manage their time as well as their boss’s time.
5. Works for Results
Work with objectives in mind. Think: what is the overall goal of this project? With the goal always in mind, it will be easier to stay on task and to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
6. Can Do
Have a “can do” attitude. It’s never fun to work with someone who has a million excuses for why things don’t work or they hate their job. Be intentional about not having that attitude. Have the courage and patience to work things out. Bosses trust people who have a “can do” attitude.
7. Strives for Excellence
In everything you do, strive for excellence. Take the initiative to ensure things are being done properly. Spend time doing what everyone else takes for granted. This should not be confused with perfectionism (read Perfection vs. Biblical Excellence). Instead, consider Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote:
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
8. Enjoys Work
Peter Drucker said, “Those who perform love what they are doing.” A boss can feel whether employees enjoy their work or not. Someone who enjoys their work will naturally bring their best to the job.
9. Good Work Relationships
Creating and maintaining good relationships at work, across departments and ranks, is very important. This is a very helpful quality and should be a priority for every employee. With it, there will be more cooperation and you’ll have a strong network to help you get your work done.
10. Contributes Positively
If you have the above qualities, you’re already contributing positively. Have a good attitude, exceed expectations, take initiative, give suggestions and so on. This is how a great employee works and by doing so they help achieve greater goals for their organization.
Do you have these employee qualities? If so, how have they helped you in your career?
Thanks to Careerealism for some of these tips:
11 Great Employee Qualities: Do You Have Them?