What Makes A Successful Employee?
The world at the moment is full of so much bad news covid is everywhere and for obvious reason.
Can I escape writing about it – No! But does it have to be negative – NO!
So what could I talk about that could be positive – people! The way we all come together in a crisis of any kind and their resilience.
At the moment we all need to be the best we can, whether it is looking for, or keep on top of the job we have or as a manager and business owner looking to recruit or reassess the staff that work alongside us.
So I wanted to talk about what makes a successful employee?
What would a manager or business owner be looking for in a successful candidate?
If asked, would we admit to ourselves or others that we could do more, or do we just do enough to get by?
Do we really want to be successful and noticed?
The points below are not designed to be set in stone – but adhered to enough, to make you aware of your surroundings and the people you work with.
Do you see these things in your colleagues and managers?
Where do you sit in the office politics and are you happy there?
When you see the bullet points below, how many do you have, how many could you add?
There are in no particular order as they all apply in some way.
- 1. Where am I going?
- 2. Speak up in meetings
- 3. Look for leadership opportunities
- 4. Be punctual
- 5. Record your Accomplishments
- 6. Don’t be afraid to fail
- 7. Be comfortable with pressure!
- 8. Identify inefficiencies
- 9. Give someone your full attention!
- 10. Stay clear of Gossip
- 11. Keep tabs on the business as a whole
- 12. You know what is needed to do your best work
- 13. Always own up to your mistakes
- 14. Stay Professional
- 15. Most importantly you like your job!
1. Where am I going?
You need to know and understand the skills needed for the job you have at the moment and for the promotion you want. Always be thinking about your career and the path needed to get there. Dress for the job you want and not the one you have and look at who else has been promoted – what were their actions, habits and accomplishments?
2. Speak up in meetings
Don’t be intimidated, a well thought out question or avocation for a co-worker can mean that you have something to contribute to the meeting. Don’t be daunted, go and get to know management and learn how to communicate with them.
3. Look for leadership opportunities
Whether it’s leading a project team or mentoring a junior employer, don’t wait for a leadership opportunity, create one! Take charge and take action. Try to think like a manager and not an employee.
4. Be punctual
Not always because you should be, but it does mean you can choose where to sit at the table or meeting and get a good spot, you can have time before the meeting to chat to management and make some allies across the organisation.
5. Record your Accomplishments
And communicate them! when you have a check-in with your manager or appraisal. Focus on your results, not just activities – don’t be a busy fool. Listen to any feedback and action it and don’t compare yourself to anyone else if they have something, do you deserve it? Why?
6. Don’t be afraid to fail
Nobody wants to fail however don’t see it as a negative. Failing is a stepping stone for learning and you can look at the mistakes and use them, it also means you can make better decisions going forward.
7. Be comfortable with pressure!
Look cool and calm under pressure, your managers will look at how you handle stress. Always stay positive no matter how close the deadline.
8. Identify inefficiencies
Look for areas in the company that could be done better or more efficiently, can you fix it? This could lead to company savings and time, so become a problem solver! Know how to pitch your ideas and sell them, why it is great, and how it can improve the team or business and add value to the company.
9. Give someone your full attention!
Listening is a top employment skill and is connected to the perceived ability to lead- giving someone your undivided attention makes them feel motivated and energised. Showing you care about their thoughts and opinions is a very powerful tool. When you really listen without interrupting you learn valuable information and can ask the right questions.
10. Stay clear of Gossip
Don’t gossip about colleagues or problems in the company you should be looking for solutions – however, don’t avoid company politics altogether know the unofficial rules, who’s on who’s side, which teams go ahead and which don’t. It is a game that should be played carefully.
11. Keep tabs on the business as a whole
Senior leaders have to keep track of the business as a whole so they can contribute to the bigger picture – set up alerts to let you know what’s going on and when. If there is an area you don’t know about, go talk to people about what they do and commit to learning attend courses and conferences and improve your skillset.
12. You know what is needed to do your best work
However, don’t say yes to everything or you would not be able to finish the important things. Just know what you need to work on, and when and if you do struggle don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. That’s a sign of strength as you do the work right first time. – People also like imparting information and you might get more and valuable insights.
13. Always own up to your mistakes
And apologies (Once) –work out what went wrong and how it can be fixed do not blame others or make excuses as that implies that you had no power over the situation and things are happening to you and not because of you.
14. Stay Professional
In any situation especially with alcohol and social situations, don’t drink too much or treat the office like a singles bar, just remember the boss is watching – and if their meetings and events the next day make sure you attend!
15. Most importantly you like your job!
Why would you ever want to do a job you don’t enjoy – however if you are, plan how to get to the job you want even if it means crossing departments or retraining!
So how many attributes do you have?
How many attributes would you like in an employee?
Taking everything on board is a lot, and you may not want to excel up through the ranks.
I hope what this post will do is make you the best at what you do now, and show you ways of being noticed and appreciated!
It would be interesting to let me know your thoughts on this and have you noticed any other traits that we have missed that could benefit us or employers looking for candidates.
Either way, let me know by leaving a quick comment below.