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4 Qualities of Great Employees

Post Author Aubrey Howard
Apr 16, 2013 11:27:00 PM
Career Tips

The line between average employees and great employees is easily identified by employers, but may not be as clear to the employees themselves. Continue reading to determine what you can do set yourself apart, and excel in the workplace.

Willingness to Learn

An employee’s willingness and ability to learn can be a wonderful asset to an employer. It is important to focus on self-improvement, as well as learning your specific job inside and out. In addition, taking the extra initiative to learn other positions within your department will make you an even more valuable asset to your employer. Don't forget to encourage and support your colleagues as they grow and learn too. 


Great employees are excited to tackle new projects. You can always count on them to be willing to accept, and mostly importantly, complete work. Employees that refuse to take new opportunities to grow because they believe it is not in their job description, leave an opening for others to shine. Establish yourself as a reliable employee, not one that does the bare minimum. 


A little recognition goes a long way. However, many employees only take responsibility for "jobs well done". Employers know that failures happen; therefore, employees must accept praise, but also take responsibility when things don't go as planned. 


A great employee knows that having a good attitude is important. Keep an optimistic outlook each day, while staying positive around your coworkers. Getting the job done is what average employees do. Getting the job done with a great attitude is even better!

While being willing to learn, reliable, responsible and a good attitude are all positive attributes of a great employee, you should not stop here! The best way to discover which qualities will make you the most successful employee, is to look around your company and identify the top performing and respected employees. Figure out what makes them successful and decide if you can apply it your job!

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