There are many traits that employers are looking for to recruit
and retain the
We could talk for hours about these traits and how people can improve
those traits in their own lives, however, due to time constraints I’ve decided
to talk about the top five traits that Boomer Consulting, Inc. feels contribute
to being the most valuable employee.
The foundation of any relationship in business, whether it
is coworkers or clients, is building a strong relationship with them based on
your words and actions. Having the
valuable trait of integrity insures that you live by the values, morals, and
beliefs that you talk about in every aspect of your life. Doing anything to ruin your integrity will
cause a huge drop in trust with your coworkers and clients. Enron is a perfect example of a company who
lacks integrity due to their actions.
Now that they have damaged their integrity anyone who worked for them
will continually deal with the label of working for a company with a bad
reputation. Integrity is the foundation
for a great company and the individuals who work within that company.
Be a Team Player
No matter where you work, whether it’s a small firm or a large
corporation, you will have to work in teams.
The ability to communicate, share your wisdom and knowledge, and
collaborate together is essential to building a business and career. Communicating with a variety of individuals
is valuable in working with a team since everyone is going to come into a
project with their own ideas and ways of initiating a project. If you are able to collaborate and take
everyone’s ideas into consideration you will certainly have a better end
Doing what you say you will do is the hallmark
of reliability. You need to build a reputation being on time to work and
meetings, finishing projects in a timely fashion, and being available to help
coworkers when asked. By building a
strong reputation in your company you will be more eligible for promotions and
higher level work. In the current economic environment, building a strong
reputation cannot guarantee keeping stable employment but it will be an
attribute that your employer will look at.
You often hear an employer tell you to act like you’re an
owner, taking initiative in your job shows just that. By taking initiative in all aspects of your
job you will be the most productive and show a passion for what you’re doing. Having the drive to take the first actions on
a project without questioning yourself or being guided is essential to being an
employee that employers are looking for.
Many employers do not want to micromanage their employees, they want to
trust that things will get done as soon as a project is handed over and having
that take charge attitude will ensure that they can trust you.
Employers are always looking to the future and envisioning
where their company is heading. It’s
important that you can also look forward and have the ability to look for new
trends and processes to enable the company to do more work with less people;
it’s imperative to overall company growth.
One strategy to set yourself up to look forward is to continue to read
and build your knowledge of the industry you are in then take what you’ve
learned and apply it to your current job and responsibilities.
While this list is not intended to be all-inclusive, it does
give a framework to work within.
Depending on your role within the firm, how you act upon these five
areas will differ. If you want to do great work and set yourself up for
promotion, think about how you can be successful in these five areas.