How to Be A Good Employee
Now that I've established myself as an HR Professional in the Hub world. Let's talk about some HR-related subjects. Today we start with "How to Be a Good Employee". Here are my top qualities that make a good employee:
1. Attendance- I was raised to go to work unless you're dead or half-dead. In the 15 years at my present job, I have called out twice. Once for being sick (I'm really blessed with good health) and once when I couldn't get out of my driveway due to snow. If you show yourself as dependable and have a good work ethic, it will take you far. It shows that your job is a priority. Companies need faithful and dedicated workers. The need good and dependable employees. They will look to you first for job enrichment and advancement opportunities.
2. Be on Time Everyday- As a matter of fact, be early! Being late shows a lack of respect for the company. Even in everyday life, when you are late to an event, it is disrespectful and shows that the event (company) time is not important. If you are going to be late, make sure you call ahead and let them know. With mobile phones today, there is no reason to leave your employer hanging.
3. Be a Team Player- Even if you hate your assignment or hate the people you are working with, don't let it show. Suck it up and bear it. Let it out after work. Share it with your family- Whatever you do, don't spread it at work. The rumor mill at the office is huge! Keep your name out of mess.
4. Volunteer for Special Projects or After Work Events- Volunteering or attending after hours event speaks volumes. This is something I had to work on over the years. I was not a fan of socializing with my coworkers. We came from different worlds. To be honest, I'm still not a big fan, but I do it. Grin and bear it.
5. Accept Coaching and Criticism- When your boss coaches you on something, use the information as a opportunity to improve. Don't get defensive, and don't take the focus off of you and put it on someone else or throw it back at your boss. The conversation is about you. Suck it up and move on. Apply the recommendation and improve your performance.
6. Apologize After Making a Mistake- If you make a mistake, acknowledge it and say it won't happen it again and don't let it happen again. Accept the blame and move on! No one is perfect- we all mistakes. The challenge is to learn from them. Use the opportunity as a learning and growth experience. Believe me, accepting blame for a mistake will take you a lot farther than diverting blame to someone else.
7.Don't Say Negative Comments About Your Employer on Facebook or Twitter- Many companies are monitoring comments these days. To take it even further, many companies are now checking Social Media sites before they even hire you. If you have derogatory comments about your current employer, it is not received in a favorable light and the opportunity will pass you by. We now screen Social Media sites when we are seriously considering a candidate. Don't be caught on Facebook dogging out your employer.
8. Give Proper Notice When You Leave. When resigning, give the minimum-required notice. For most companies, it is two weeks. It may be longer if you are in management. Don't jerk your employer off and walk off the job. Let me tell you why? When interviewing for another job, the recruiter may ask you if you gave proper notice. Or it may come out in your employement verification phone call. If your potential employer finds out, it will be a huge mark against you. Why? Because the prospective employer will think "If you did it to them, you'll do it to us." No thank you and there goes your opportunity.
I hope these tips help you to become the best employee you can be. There is so much competition in the workforce today that you really need to stand out to advance. Use these qualities to help you do just that.
For further reading: Traits That Make Outstanding Employees.