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Traits of a Good Employee
You work hard and you want to make sure that your efforts are paying off. At the same time, you want to make sure that you are identified as a good employee and be recognized for your professionalism, skills, and other important characteristics. Cultivating certain skills and traits sets you in good stead in the workplace and gives you a better chance at hanging on to your job and also of being eyed for a promotion.
1. Reliability. Your boss and your team should know that you are someone they can count on. This doesn't mean that you should be ready at all times to pick them up when they fall or do their jobs for them. It means you have to submit your work when you are expected to do so, to carry out instructions correctly, to pay attention to the quality of your work, and make sure that you are turning in a flawless project. Your boss will know that you are paying attention and not doing your work haphazardly.
2. Flexibility. For the most part, people resist any changes being implemented in the workplace or even in just one group. You want to show that you are interested in those changes and that you are able to adapt, and also that you know how to make the best of a new and different situation.
3. Ability to give credit. It happens too often that some people take credit for a brilliant idea or generally a job well done. You want to make sure to credit those who helped you out in a project or the person who came up with a bright idea that you expanded and turned into reality. Those people will be grateful that you recognized their work and could even improve teamwork in the workplace.
4. Positivity. Being negative and complaining all the time can bring other people down, and your colleagues may begin seeing you as unprofessional. It's understandable to be frustrated about your job from time to time, but it can bog down the workplace if there is even just one person who is spreading some pretty negative vibes.
5. Interest in learning something new. You need to show that you are prepared to do what is necessary to improve your skills and learn new ones to advance your skills. Ask your boss if you can undergo coaching or if there are any workshops which you can attend. If there aren't any, you should make sure to look up any classes or seminars that you can attend on your own. Don't wait for your company to provide a workshop for you. Make an effort to learn on your own.
About the Author: CMOE