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How to Be A Good Employee

Updated on April 3, 2013

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.

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      Evans4life 5 years ago

      Ignugent17- Thanks for your feedback. I wish you the best in your job search,

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      I don't have a job right now but I will take note of some of the points you mentioned. Thanks for the tips Evans4life. voted up.

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      Miche Wro 5 years ago

      Very good hub. Attendance is a big issue in call centers. People find ways to use FMLA to not attend work. The result of that, hurts the employers also hurt their finances. It is very important to be a team player, I believe in that, however, I do voice my opinion when I disagree with things. If given the reason as to why things are going in a certain direction gives me a better scope of the goal and the results they are looking for in the end.

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      Larry Wall 5 years ago

      Carl:

      I was not taking your comment as a person offense. I was just pointing out that I and others like me, do not post our lives on facebook. I did not think you was singling me out in your comment. You are correct, somebody with a back injury could brag about his week on the ski slopes. People do weird things.

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      Evans4life 5 years ago

      Thanks Cari! And you are right about tracking people on facebook...we had a employee out on disability after being in a minor car accident -- "back issues" . The employee posted that she and significant were going dancing at a club. The working employees saw the post and were furious.

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      CarliFrenneman 5 years ago

      Larry, my comment was just a general one aimed at nobody in particular. It wasn't a personal attack on you! I'm really sorry if it came off that way but I was simply agreeing with how annoying unreliable people are.

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      Larry Wall 5 years ago

      You would never track me down using a Facebook approach. I do not post my life on the internet. Also, I did not miss meetings. I still do not miss meetings, but for another reason. Since I am not working, I do not have to set through meetings, where the obvious is repeated three times.

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      CarliFrenneman 5 years ago

      Glad you put attendance as #1! There's nothing worse than being afraid to assign a task to an employee because you're not sure if they're going to show up or not, or having to explain to a client why the meeting was canceled yet again.

      And in this social media day and age, it's really easy to track down employees and find out the real reason they didn't show up to work. Hangovers, hair appointments, road trips...I've seen--and busted--it all.

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      Evans4life 5 years ago

      Larry: Thanks for you comments. In no way am I abdicating being a yes man. I think you were right in sharing your concerns, and you would have completed the assignment even if you disagreed. The onus is on your ex-boss. Sometimes when someone is not "like" us in our thinking, we can't see pass that to try and use our differences to the advantage of the team. I do believe everything happens for a reason and hopefully soon you can get back to work in an even better job if that is your desire. Thanks for you comment!

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      Larry Wall 5 years ago

      Your No. 3 suggestion--be a team player. Sometimes, because of your experience you may know that an idea is not going to work or is going to cost more than expected. The team and management should be open to hearing those comments. Most of my past bosses were. THe one that fired me was not. I have no regrets. I have never been an yes man and never will. Like I told my last boss, if I disagree, I will tell you, but at the end of the day, I will have completed the task as assigned. If management cannot accept that kind of attitude, it is no wonder that so many people are unhappy with their jobs and are just going through the motions. My attitude ended my career. I am sorry I am not working, but have no regrets about what caused the situation.