8 Qualities The Best Employees Have

great employeeThe best thing you can do to help you get a new job is to make yourself indispensable at your current position. It doesn't matter if you have a full-time job now. Whether you're employed in a traditional position, serving as a temporary worker or even volunteering while seeking your next full-time gig, keep the following tips in mind to inspire people to consider you an amazing colleague:

Show initiative. It's no surprise that this tops the list. We all prefer to work with people who raise their hands to offer to pitch in. Don't spend key meetings looking around the room hoping someone else will take on the new project. When you step up to the plate and take on additional responsibilities, you'll gain favor with bosses and colleagues and win a chance to enhance your credentials.

Admit when you make a mistake. Isn't it refreshing when someone says, "I made a mistake; let me fix it?" Unfortunately, many people in the workplace prefer to pass blame along or lay low until everyone forgets about the problem. Those who try to pass the buck risk being the victim of workplace gossip that could prevent them from getting a new job down the road. Of course, ideally, you won't make a lot of mistakes that you'll need to admit, but you can win points in many cases by taking responsibility and making a point to correct the situation.

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Learn new things. If you've been at the job for many years, but haven't made a point to continue your education and attend conferences and trainings, you probably are falling behind your less experienced colleagues. When you want a new job or it's time to start a business, you'll be missing mandatory skills. The best employees always seek opportunities to learn new things, even when they're otherwise occupied keeping up with the day-to-day tasks. It's a challenge, but it makes a difference between a good employee and a great one.

Do what you say you will do. Do you follow through and complete promised projects? We all have had colleagues who raise their hand at meetings, but spend the rest of the week avoiding the work they agreed to do. Don't be that person.

Share credit. Rarely do we accomplish big projects at work without someone else's help. Colleagues who share credit when credit is due generally have better rapport than their more selfish colleagues. Nice guys really can finish first, so look for ways to share the glory.

Know what battles to pick. It's a rare person who always likes every decision that higher-ups make that affects his or her job. Usually, there's plenty to disagree about, and lots of big and small battles to wage at work. Successful employees make it a point to keep quiet and not complain until it really matters. If you're the employee who is generally agreeable, it is much more likely that someone will take notice if you have a major concern or complaint. Like the boy who cried wolf, if you're always railing against the rules, most people will stop listening.

Be ready for work. If you need to spend the first hour of your day checking social media and updating your status on Facebook, do that before you get into the office. You need to be ready for work when you get there. You harm your reputation when you don't start your day along with everyone else.

Do the work. It sounds easy, right? Just get the work done. However, it's not always so obvious to everyone that getting the work done is half the battle. Amazing employees find a way to get the work done, even when it means sometimes putting aside their own pet projects or favorite things in order to accomplish a big goal.
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March 04 2014 at 9:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am thankful every day that I lived long enough and got in enough years in pay grade to retire. I got so sick of some psychobabble broads that you had to be "all things to all people" to please. We had good management when we had retired ex-military (lieutenant colonels) in charge. Then they died off or retired and the monthly birthday parties and broiled tomatoes for meeting fare began. Thank God for His blessing and watching over me long enough for me to get the hell and gone, I really don't give a **** who is the "perfect employee" now.

May 15 2013 at 5:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Keep hugging that chair and sprawling legs across the desk up there in the photo, was that number 9?!

April 11 2013 at 7:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael Knight

-blind obedience.
-telephone endurance
-lack of peer empathy
-no desire for work-life balance
-no salary expectations beyond initial agreed upon salary
-ability to fit in at the expense of personal opinion and values.
-realizing their is tenure associated with prolonging problems

April 10 2013 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hugo Chavez

-Infinite capacity to waste incredible amounts of time in huge meetings banging home some silly point relentlessly or simply repeating what you and other people have said.
-The foresight to make yourself a milestone that some absurdly complex process has to go through whether you add any value or not.
-Meta status reports that report on the status of status reports.
-Volunteering for tasks you already do.

April 10 2013 at 3:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You can be all those things and still lose your job because of a psycho boss.

April 10 2013 at 12:20 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to rudniski136's comment

Amen to that

April 10 2013 at 8:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So true.... I worked with 2 psycho bosses in the same place....one was a true liar. And the other would play games. Sick, sick sick. Glad I got laid off, that place made me ill. And this was a doctor's office too.

April 11 2013 at 4:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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