What makes a great employee? We often post about how to improve current styles of management, but company culture and employee engagement is a two sided gig.
Do you want to enjoy your work?
Just keep in mind that workplace happiness is like everything else; you only get out what you put in.
We already know that the most successful companies in the world have very engaged employees.
It’s also important to remember that employees need to be performing awesomely in order to have an amazing culture within their office.
When you look at highly engaged and productive people, there are certain recurring traits that you see in every great employee. We’ve taken the time to bring it down to ten (actually eleven if you count our bonus!).
So here are the 10 Admirable Attributes Of A Great Employee:
A great employee will always be ambitious and want to not only improve the company, but themselves as individuals as well.
Having ambition means that you have drive to succeed and are willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish your goals. So bringing that mentality in the workplace will benefit the company greatly.
Having employee autonomy within offices give employees the freedom to work on their project and gives them the opportunity to confirm assumptions that they may have.
Integrity goes hand-in-hand with being autonomous.
A great employee will be responsible enough to handle autonomy and make the right decisions improve their work.
More importantly, an autonomous employee will be able to manage their time well enough to complete monster tasks quickly and be more productive.
If you haven’t watched it already, I highly recommend you watch this Dan Pink’s talk where he covers the importance of autonomy in the workplace:
We’ve all heard the famous quote, “humility is the key to success.”
That quote is even more real within the workplace. There is no room for arrogance within a great workplace.
Sure, there will always be a mix of characters in any workplace, but there’s no room for people who aren’t humble and will likely ruffle feathers whenever they communicate with others.
What’s more amazing than having an employee that is passionate about their work?
Without passion there’s no real reason to go to work.
A great employee is passionate about going to work and loves being around their colleagues and making them better.
So if you’re having a bit of trouble finding passion in your work. Consider asking for new challenges that will rekindle the flame and have you fall in love with your job again.
A great employee needs to be confident in their work and on their influence on the office.
Believe it or not, it’s up to the office’s culture to really determine how confident an employee can get.
So create an inspiring that motivates and inspires people. So they can be confident and be able to perform better at work.
An honest employee allows the work environment to be loose and doesn’t leave any room for drama.
Honesty goes hand in hand with transparency!
An honest employee is going to be transparent and let people know what’s going on at all times. And remember, being transparent in the workplace will only make better the office’s culture and allow people to feel good within the office walls.
Creatives are being sought after now, more than ever!
We are entering a new workforce where people need great ideas to thrive and grow businesses.
Get your creative juices flowing by trying new things and breaking mundaneness and the redundancy of your daily routine. Change it up and continually try new things to make your days more productive.
This one is pretty easy to guess, but reliable people usually make great employees.
They are people who are accountable and can be entrusted with tasks. They’ll also help with the synergy in the office and make it easier for managers to delegate tasks.
It’s no surprise that the reliable ones tend to be the overachievers, for the mere fact that they get things done.
I think the word eager may sound negative, but here it’s being used to describe an employee as someone who is striving for greatness.
This trait has a lot to do with being ambitious and wanting to succeed.
So if you can, go into your workplace eager to learn new things and want to try new concepts that will better your workflow.
This one might be the most important trait of them all!
It’s important to be surrounded by positivity. Great employees have the ability to positively influence all those around them and make sure that they can perform great as well.
Being positive is a mindset that will not only improve interpersonal relationships at the office, but also allow you to work optimally.
BONUS: 11. Nurturing Company Culture
As we mentioned earlier, a healthy company culture has to be nurtured by everyone within the organization.
We already covered the essentials characteristics a great boss in a previous post. You saw how important is to have managers on board to have a great work environment, but as you can see here, employees also have a huge part of that responsibility.
An easy way to nurture that culture organically is to focus on daily habits that make your workdays more engaging and productive. The problem is that keeping track of those habits while encouraging colleagues to do the same can be hard.
This is where social platforms like Officevibe can help you be more healthy, productive and happy at work while encouraging your peers to do so as well.
Done properly, those daily habits can have a huge impact on your company culture on the long term…
If you’re looking for inspiration, we compiled a list of 44 simple daily activities to enjoy your work more. Hope you like it!
Does that represent you?
How many of those traits do you have? 6 out of 11? 11 out of 11?
Did we miss out any traits of a great employee in your opinion?
Let us know your thoughts on twitter @Officevibe.
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