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5 Traits to Being a Valuable Employee

Posted By Deanna Cox, Thursday, February 09, 2012
There are many traits that employers are looking for to recruit and retain the 
most valuable employees.  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.

Have Integrity

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 result.

Be Reliable

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.

Take Initiative

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.

Think Ahead

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.

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