As an employer for 19 years, I have had the pleasure of experiencing many different types of personalities, work ethics and backgrounds in the work place and I know how to find an employee with great qualities. The blog, 8 Ways to Spot a Truly Exceptional Employee written by Jeff Haden gives great tips on what to look for when hiring new members to your team. I took his tips and wrote down my own experiences. Check it out and see if you have any of these qualities.
1. They are a little different.
Unusual personalities make work more fun and transform Mondays into fundays, which translates into less stress and more work getting done. I’m very grateful for my staff, I can truly say they are all a little different.
2. They know when to dial it back.
The ability to balance work and fun is an exceptional quality. As an employer, I enjoy to hear my staff laugh and get along well. However, it is important to know when it is time to get serious and when work needs to be completed in a timely manner without errors.
3. They don’t care about job descriptions.
Although job descriptions are important, because they give structure to the work flow and work load, an employee who understands there are times when they will need to complete other tasks makes that employee not only enjoyable to work with, but dependable and reliable. They are aware if a project is due or a customer’s order or file needs to get completed and ask how they can help.
4. They publicly praise.
However small a company can be the work still needs to get done with a team mentality. So when employees are publicly celebrating each other’s accomplishments and milestones, it sets the mood for a workable and enjoyable environment and teams work better. Employers are grateful for this quality.
5. They privately complain.
Some issues are best to bring privately to not cause animosity in the work place. Many times all an employee needs is guidance on how to handle certain situations. Therefore, bringing these types of issues to light in a private setting is to the benefit of a thriving company. An employee who has this quality is much appreciated by his/her employer and coworkers.
6. They speak when others won’t.
One of my favorite qualities of an employee is someone who can talk about an issue to help give others, who may be too shy, an opportunity to open up. Many times employees discuss things when the boss is not around and feel intimated to bring it up in a meeting. Those employees who are aware of this and they discuss the issue or concern and help ease the tension the other employees may have been feeling. Exceptional employees care about the issues and concerns of others in the work place.
7. They like to prove other people wrong.
This employee is the type who has been told they could never handle the job they have now and use this as a force and drive to prove those naysayers wrong. This is common with many small companies or fast growing companies where an office manager puts someone in a position they’ve never had before and they are forced to put on the hat. This is a good quality to have because it pushes the employee to do their best and to give their all.
8. They’re always thinking.
I believe that any employee who is always looking for ways to do their job better, are not only exceptional employees, they are also employees who deserve to be in leadership roles. This is an employee who becomes an asset to the company they work for instead of just a payroll expense.
Check these through and see where you need to make some changes. Start practicing this in the work place and I guarantee you will get promoted or will be given a raise. Or you may even grow so fast that you’ll need to find another company where your qualities will be greatly appreciated and you can continue to grow.
*Tell us about your experience with these qualities; we would love to hear from you!*