Have you ever wondered what defines an “ideal employee”? Is it good work ethics? Is it stronger workplace relationships? Or is it a person’s range of skills or abilities?
If you’re curious about climbing up the career ladder, it’s important that you know exactly what employers look for. While tech skills and soft skills make clear sense, there are plenty of other personal attributes or people skills that are crucial for the long-term success and recognition of an employee.
Since there are many skills that are not listed on papers, I’ve dedicated this post to highlight the key habits or qualities that are found in (or expected from) an extremely valuable employee. If you’re a part of an organization and you’re looking for ways to emerge as a valuable asset, here are the 8 work habits of valuable employees that you need to know about.
They start the day early
“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.” — Richard Whately
The best and the most valued employees are the ones who start their day early. Instead of wasting time oversleeping, these early risers establish a daily routine where they work hard until they hit the day with satisfaction.
They set clear goals
CLEAR goals and SMART goals are two different things, and the most valued employees of an organization or team know the difference very well. Whether its career or life, they remember to be clear and unambiguous. But most of all, they relate to their organization’s interests and keep them connected with their personal goals.
“Communication is the solvent of all problems and is the foundation for personal development.” — Peter Shepherd
Effective communication is not just about talking, it is also about being an active listener. Now, a quality that most “high-performing” employees have in common is that they understand the concept of effective workplace communication. They listen to everyone, everything carefully and reflect back their thoughts with utmost clarity.
They seek advice when needed
There are situations in life and work where the results you deliver are not good enough. Now, the quality that separates good employees from the best is that they never hesitate to take others advice, if needed. They welcome every suggestion and use the most practical one to bring improvement in their work.
They avoid multitasking
“Multi-tasking is great in the kitchen when you are trying to time the chicken to be ready at the same time as the potatoes. But do not assume it is a great way to manage a workday.” — Joanne Tombrakos
Productive employees are successful because they never entertain the habit of multitasking. They realize the consequence of juggling too many tasks at once. They understand that multitasking is not just a myth and it can do some serious damage to their focus and productivity in the workplace. They tackle one task at a time and complete each task with maximum efficiency.
They use the best tools
Most valued employees are also the most tech savvy ones. They keep themselves up-to-date with all the technological advancements that can help them get things done quickly and efficiently. They are better at exploring the available choices and determining which tool or app will best suit their business.
They have a high degree of patience
“Patience is not passive, on the contrary, it is concentrated strength.” — Bruce Lee
In addition to being a good communicator and an extremely creative person, best-valued employees are people with a high degree of patience. They have the ability to hold back their reaction when things are about to go south. Instead of reacting, they prefer to come up with a sane solution that will help them bring everything back on track.
They know when to take a break
Nobody, not even the most productive employees, can work for 8 hours straight. It’s almost impossible for a human brain to maintain distraction-free focus for that long. That’s why the people who are highly productive understand the importance of “taking a break”. Now, these breaks are just a few minutes long but they give them enough time to get things clear in their mind and come up with new, improved ideas.
They never fear failure
“Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.” — Mia Hamm
Failure is just a lesson in life’s never-ending learning process. It may drive fear in the hearts and minds of people at first, but in the end, it teaches them how to be a better version of themselves. This is the reason why productive people never fear failure. Instead, they focus on learning something new and turning it into a success.
They reward themselves
Every success story deserves a celebration. And that’s exactly what productive, most-valued employees do. Whenever they complete a task successfully or deliver a project on time, they celebrate their success by rewarding themselves. This gives them the motivation to keep going and perform even more productively than before.
There you go, these are the qualities that highly productive employees have in common. And if you want to be amongst them, make these habits a part of your day-to-day work life.
So, what habit or trait do you think is the most important? Is there a quality that we missed? What do you do to prevent yourself from falling victim to productivity traps? Tell us in the comments!
Sandeep Kashyap is the Founder and CEO of ProofHub — a leading project management and collaboration software. He’s one person always on a lookout for innovative ideas about filling the communication gap between groups, teams, and organizations. You’ll find him saying, “Let’s go!” instead of “Go!” many times a day. That’s what makes him write about leadership in a way people are inspired to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more.
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