Great managers find something to like in every one of their employees, but a strong hiring and training process helps them find the top people for the job. In a well-run company, the employees who make it onto the team are already a solid match for the position, and managers and mentors are standing by to offer guidance as they learn the ropes and work their way up.
But there are certain kinds of employees who gather positive attention wherever they go. No matter who they work for, these employees will always be handed more opportunities and trusted with more responsibility than their counterparts. See if you can find yourself in this list:
The One Who Makes Things Happen
This employee can handle any any task get the job done – no excuses. You don’t always have to tell her how to do it, and if she doesn’t know, she’ll ask. But in either case, you can point her at any situation, from a budget in the red to a broken copy machine, to an angry mob at the door, and she’ll find the tools and resources to work miracles. You often find her staying late to work through thorny problems that turned out to be more complex than they seemed at first.
The One Who’s Charming Company
This employee is simply a pleasure to know. He doesn’t always have all the answers, and he makes his share of mistakes, but he knows how to bounce back gracefully. He’s always in a good mood and his sense of humor is delightful. Whenever he’s talking, he has interesting, tactful and witty things to say. When he walks in the door, the mood in the room lifts. He has an easy smile and a kind word for everyone in the office, and everyone feels a little better when he’s around.
The One Who Aims to Please
This employee may not have the dogged, quiet determination of the Miracle Worker or easy grace of the Company Charmer, but he wants to. He cares deeply about how he’s perceived, and he has an urgent need to please and impress. If you scold him, he apologizes, and he means it. If you hand him an important responsibility, he’ll act as if his life depends on it. He equates his own personal success with the success of his job, and consequently the company. His dedication is refreshing and his commitment inspires trust.The One Who Never Needs Help
This employee gets things right, the first time and every time. And she does it on her own. She’s not needy. She never seems to require a bailout, and it’s awesome to watch her think on her feet. When asked for an idea, she produces one. When presented with a puzzle, she tackles it without hesitation. Her intelligence and independence are her greatest strengths.
The One Who Will Eventually Run the Company
This employee cares passionately about the outcome of every decision she makes, from a simple conversation in an elevator to the way her manager’s planning strategies affect the long-term financial health of the company. This employee isn’t always easy to take; if her manager makes a decision that threatens the company, she won’t hesitate to voice her opinion. And though she asks a lot of questions, not all of her questions are welcome. But as long as she works here, she’ll put this company, its customers and its employees first every time. She will stand firm even if it means challenging her manager, protecting those beneath her from unfair treatment or blowing the whistle on a bad decision. Weak managers dread her footsteps, but great ones know that she has the company’s best interests in mind, and they treat her like the true asset she is.
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