Becoming the best you can be in the workplace should always top your list of professional goals. The list of potential benefits is long, including promotions, salary increases and insulating yourself (as much as you can) when the inevitable layoff occurs.
Each of us has our own idea of what characteristics make up a top employee. There are a few traits, however, that are shared by peak performers in any industry at any career level.
Strive to hit the next level. Here are 10 traits of amazing employees:
A fellow Community Manager friend of mine recently asked me to keep an eye out for social media positions for her. When I asked if she was leaving her current position, she said “No, I’m happy where I am… I just want to see what’s out there… See where I fit.”
So, although she doesn’t plan to leave her current company, she still wants to look at other positions. To some this may seem like a waste of time. But it’s actually a great practice for young professionals, called “career benchmarking”…
During the first semester of my junior year, I was working on a complex and drawn out group project with three of my classmates, with written portions that had to be completed every day by each group member. At the project’s end, all of these written materials had to be compiled together into one cohesive document. Having volunteered to do the final edit, I was up late one night working on the project when I found that one of my group members had skipped his reflection assignment for a particular day. I immediately began composing an email to him to
In my experience, success requires a minimum amount of brains, energy, and ambition. You need a plan that makes sense on paper. And you need luck. Passion is optional.
- Scott Adams
I agree with the Scott Adams. You don’t need to follow your passion to find your first job after college, and flourish in it. So you don’t know your ultimate passion. What are other ways to find fulfillment at work?
Confrontation can’t be avoided in a productive workplace. Yet a soft skill many people overlook is the ability to be comfortable with confrontation.
While not as common an interpersonal skill to master as public speaking or team building, holding productive confrontational conversations is vital to your career…