7 Signs of an Awesome Employee
When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” ~ Simon Sinek ~
Most employers, when asked what they look for in a potential new hire, will bring up attitude. Many will rate attitude as important, if not more so than ability, work skills and technical knowledge. While the actual skills needed to perform a job can usually be taught the soft skills, attitude and emotional intelligence are more nebulous and difficult to change. As they become more aware of the importance of these crucial people skills, employers today are increasingly on the lookout for candidates that have the right attitude and people skills first and are trainable for the other skills second.
Here are some of the top 7 traits that define what makes an employee stand out.
High degree of emotional intelligence
People who are aware of themselves and how they impact others around them are also more attuned to the emotions of those around them. Their interactions with others are more likely to be based on respect and consideration for the other person. Because of this they develop strong positive working relationships with those they are working with. This builds teamwork, loyalty and increases the capacity and efficiency of the organization.
Willingness to Speak up and be Heard
While not feeling the need to speak just to hear their own voice, excellent employees speak up when they feel there is a need to, especially if nobody else is talking about an important issue. Knowing when and how to bring up an issue allows them to broach sensitive issues that scare others away. They sense when an issue can be brought up publicly and when it is best left to private conversation. Their skills at asking questions with sensitivity allow them to ask without offending and putting others on the defensive.
Able to Focus on What is Important
Valued employees have the ability to focus on the job at hand without being distracted by bright shiny objects or minor distractions that throw others off. They are able to discern what is important, in what order and have the ability to priorize. Their self-awareness helps set time aside for the most important tasks when they are functioning at their peak. While they are able to focus, their strong people skills keeps them from being rude or insensitive to colleagues disrupting them when working on an important and timely task.
Confident but Not Egotistical
Great employees are confident in their abilities; but having their ego in check they don’t feel the need to let others know how good they are. They are patient with others who need their help and don’t put others, who have less talent and ability, down. This approachable side of their personality makes others feel comfortable coming to them with issues and concerns that they might not otherwise bring up.