There comes a point in an employee’s life that makes him/her recognize the need to change for the better. Whether the employee wants to be promoted or to be recognized as employee of the month/year with rewards, the employee must realize that he/she should perform better than before. Here are some of the qualities to become an improved employee.
1. Character Driven/Ethical
Office politics and gossip are prevalent in many organizations. An employee should not take part of it because it only causes division and discord among coworkers. Being responsible honest, trustworthy and loyal to one’s job are good qualities shared by great employees. Of course, there is no substitute for hard work and diligence. Keeping a positive and confident attitude can help employees become happy about work that would eventually lead to reduced whining and complaining. Staying focused and driven will aid an employee to become better in achieving his/her career goals.
Great employees are proactive and always take an initiative. An employee must know his/her role well and perform it with less or no supervision. Being proactive means having the foresight to competently address the problem before it comes to the boss’s attention. Taking the initiative to do things like when an employee sees the need to develop the camaraderie of the team, he/she can suggest to the boss to organize a team building event for everyone to participate. Also, employees can organize their work in such a way that it would be easier for them to prioritize and track their tasks and accomplish them effectively and efficiently.
3. Being Multi-Skilled
Continual enhancing of your skills will help you grow not just as an employee but as an individual too. Acquiring more skills makes you more valuable as an employee. Developing good communication, problem-solving, leadership, time management and technology skills will make a huge difference in your work. Sharing your ideas and being able to communicate them well will prevent misunderstanding among the team. Finding solutions to a problem will resolve the issues. Even if you are a team member now, but if you have leadership skills, your boss will eventually take notice of it. Maybe in the near future, you will be promoted to a team leader/supervisor level. Time management skill is essential, especially if you are coping with the demands of your work. Acquiring technology skills will make you become a great asset to the company.
4. Adaptable Learner/Flexible
Change is constant and being able to adapt easily to change is a valuable quality of an employee. With change comes new learning and open-mindedness. Being set in your ways is not going to cut it. A good employee must be flexible and be a fast-learner enough to cope with the changes. An employee must be resilient to whatever adjustments made within the company. Employees should also accept changes for the betterment of the whole organization. Willingness to learn and undergo training is the key.
5. Exceed Expectations
Going the extra mile is a great advantage. Performing beyond what is expected of you when working is a great way to earn extra points. This does not mean deliberately taking the work of others without their knowledge and permission. This just means that after you are done with the tasks assigned to you, you can ask for more tasks or help colleagues finish their tasks. Once you set goals and timeline, and you have accomplished them exceedingly well, you are productive, and it will be a plus for you.
6. Team Player
Most organizations work with teams. Being a team player is an in demand quality of an employee. It cultivates a good relationship with colleagues. It creates synergy. Accolades will be shared by the team and not given to a person alone. Credit grabbing is a destructive attitude. Do away with the negative attitude that would cause a rift within the team.
The company should always rely on you to take your job seriously. Being dependable, disciplined and punctual are the qualities expected of you when you became part of the company. A good employee listens and follows through with the instructions, does the job well and meets deadlines.
8. Staying Fit
Taking good care of your health improves your work habit. An employee who is constantly not around due to sickness is not dependable. A sickly employee will not be able to do his/her job well. He/she will be underperforming. Since being unwell, an employee cannot give his/her one hundred percent because of his/her condition. Learn to take care of yourself. Be healthy, eat well and exercise.
9. Constructive Feedback
A good employee is open to giving and receiving feedback constructively. He/she does not take it personally. When there is a negative evaluation, he/she appreciates it because the employee will know which specific area of the job needs improvement. He/she is not afraid to give suggestions or negative feedback to the higher ups for action if he/she sees there is room for improvement.
Keeping a happy attitude at work can result in an outstanding performance. At the end of each working day, you would look back and feel satisfied that you were productive and that you enjoyed doing your work. Being a better employee opens up wider opportunities not just promotion within the company but other outside opportunities as well.