Becoming a Great Employee

592317_yellow_wins Whether you are fortunate to be employed or currently looking for employment, job security today is not like it was in years past.

Since the pool of eligible and highly qualified people seeking jobs is so large,  it is important to understand what employers are looking for in perspective employees and in the employees they currently have.

Posts over the next few days will cover key points in becoming a great employee; the type of employee that employers are looking for and once hired want to keep.

The first two qualities are:

1. Ethical Standards:  Be a person who holds firm to the belief and practices of “The Golden Rule.”  You cannot go wrong if this is your ethical foundation.  Integrity and accountability speak louder than any words.  Make your “yes” mean “yes” and your “no” mean “no.”  Always speak the truth.

Trust takes time to build with your employer, but once it is established, do everything to protect it.  Broken trust is hard to repair, if it can be at all.

An employee that has professional, ethical standards is highly valued in the workplace.  They are also becoming a rare find.

2. Punctuality:  Arriving to work on time and being ready to work on time are two totally different things.   Employees often think that just because they are in the building at their starting time that they then are at work on time.

Employers on the other hand consider being on time for work as when the employee has arrived in plenty of time to take care of whatever they need to; i.e., coffee, putting personal items away, bathroom needs, etc., and is ready to work at the designated starting time.

Do you see the difference?  Great employees are never to work on time, they are always early and ready to work on time.

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”

              ~Thomas Jefferson

08/27/14

10 thoughts on “Becoming a Great Employee

  1. Tina, Great post!! One of my kids’ coaches told the team that if they were on time to practice they were LATE and if they were early they were on time. It had to do with getting their gear on and being ready to start. This is just as true at work.

    Have a great Monday!

    • Carol, I am so glad that your children are learning this lesson as they are young. My mother always had us to school and lessons late, so I have become just the opposite, always early. We must be ready to work as the clock strikes 8, not walk in the door at 8.

      You will never get the eye from your boss by being early!

  2. Happy New Year Tina. I agree that integrity and accountability are the foundation stones on a great employee. Rather than punctuality I seek flexibility from my team. I guess punctuality is more important in service industries. Looking forward to your next instalment.

    • Hi Tristan

      You are correct different industries will have different expectations that are important to them. I guess the important thing for an employee is finding out what they are and being able to meet them.

      Enjoy your evening!

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