Traits of a Very Desirable Employee from a Manager’s Perspective©

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Written by Dale Lee

An employee is hired to help the company make a profit

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Introduction (Change your reading order. Start at the end of the article.)

Job Knowledge Traits (Are you I need to know all of this about my job.)

Accountability Traits (I don't know if I want to put forth that much effort.)

Does Your Boss Consider You to Be a Highly-rated Employee (He just does not understand how good I am.)
Your Comment Is Wanted (Your opinion is important to Dale.)

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Introduction (Lets get started.)

It seems that most employees think they are excellent employees. Why do they have this opinion? It seems to be a human trait that each human thinks that he is better than everyone else, and they cannot possibly be considered to be average or normal.

Of course they cannot consider the possibility that they can be part of the employee group that is not performing a good job. If they are not able to achieve the minimum work related skills, they know that there are factors that keep them from being the next boss.

Taking responsibility for his success with the company is sometimes a foreign perspective for some employees to understand. Some employees are not able to understand that they need to work hard at making themselves look very good to their boss each day. They tend to have problems giving control over themselves to their boss. The fact is that it is the opinion of the employee’s boss that determines the rating that the employee receives each year at review time.

The way an employee performs his job’s duties each day has a direct impact on the yearly review ratings he receives each year.

An employee is hired to help the company make a profit and not just perform a job’s duties.

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Job Knowledge Traits (Are you I need to know all of this about my job.)

Perform his job’s duties in a manner that demonstrates he understands his job’s goals, duties, and job description.

Shows respect for management’s authority and responsibility.

Does not take credit for what other employees accomplish.

Understands his boss has the final decision and works as directed by his boss.

Understands that his job performance review rating is determined by his boss and not by what he thinks are his abilities.

Understands that the company pays him a salary to perform the duties assigned to his position.

Consistently exceeds job description expectations.

Perform his job’s duties with accuracy.

Willing to change how he performs his job as his job’s responsibilities change.

Understands his authority and its limits.

Knows when to escalate a situation to the next level of management.

Exercises sound decision making skills.

Follows company rules, regulations, policies, procedure, etc.

Demonstrate management skills that are appropriate for his current position’s responsibilities.

Understand the time factor, deadlines, or scheduling requirements that govern his job.

Has good analytical skills.

Has good verbal skills.

Has good writing skills.

Cooperates with other employees to achieve common objectives.

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Accountability Traits (I don't know if I want to put forth that much effort.)

Effectively performs his duties with a positive attitude.

Strives to complete each task correct the first time.

Is confident, dependable, competent, consistent, and accurate.

Is effective in representing his boss.

Co-workers can depend on what he says, implies, and does.

Tells the complete truth and does not leave out facts that does not support his position.

His actions support what he says.

Does not require close supervision.

When it is realized that a mistake has been made, he takes steps to correct the mistake and its impact.

Understands that he is evaluated according to how he currently perform his job’s duties and not on what he once did in the past.

Meets deadlines and when possible strives to complete tasks before assigned deadlines.

Looks for ways that the company’s procedures, policies, etc. can be improved.

Strives to perform his duties with the best interest of the company as a priority.

Has a very good attendance record.

Does not attempt to shift the blame when there is a problem.

Demonstrates respect for fellow employees.

During a time of disagreement with a co-worker, he maintains a sense of respect for his co-worker.

Self-starter and motivator.

Strives to improve his current skill set.

Focus himself on the results he is to achieve.

When faced with a problem or situation that needs to be fixed or improved, he strives to identify a solution.

Is willing to take on responsibilities, when assigned, that are not included in his job description.

Strives to be realistic in evaluating personal abilities, skill set, and limitations.

Conducts himself in the manner that generates confidence in him by his manager and co-workers.

Treats the company’s resources as if they are being paid for out of his pocket.

Demonstrates concern about not wasting personal time, company’s resources, and c-workers’ time by guarding against wasting company time through activities such as personal phone calls, smoke breaks, gossiping, surfing the internet, perceived “I do not have anything to do,” unapproved extended lunch and break time, etc.

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Does Your Boss Consider You to Be a Highly-Rated Employee (He just does not understand how good I am.)

What are you doing to make yourself a highly-rated employee? How you are rated is based on your work? Are you working to reduce the traits you have that keep you from being considered a highly-rated employee? Your future is so often up to you. Make your future what you want it to be.

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Your Comment Is Wanted (Your opinion is important to Dale.)

If you have a question or comment about the content of this article written by Dale Lee, notify Dale. When you send an e-mail, be sure to include the article in question's title, your name, and your comments/questions. Dale is interested in hearing from you.

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August 6, 2005