5 Habits of Effective Employees

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An effective employee has an authentic interest in doing good work. This employee has special qualities make him or her stand out from other workers. They’re determined to improve their skills and make a regular effort to develop their strengths and positive work habits.

1. An Effective Employee Shows Up On Time

Good time management is a required skill for an effective employee. If you don’t show up on time then you’re displaying a lack of concern for your team and your employer. Being good at time management doesn’t mean watching the clock. It’s a quality that extends beyond hours worked. It means that this employee comes prepared to the do their job, that they have a plan for their day, and understand their individual goals and goals of their team.

2. An Effective Employee Works Well with Others

An effective employee appreciates the important skills each team member contributes to achieving their goal. He or she doesn’t waste time trying to stand out in the crowd or take credit that another team member earned. They know that what is good for the team is good for their own career. An effective employee has confidence in their own abilities and knows that their contributions are valued and will be recognized.

3. An Effective Employee Asks for Feedback

In order to improve their skills and advance in their career an effective employee seeks feedback from his team members and supervisors. Sometimes this feedback is critical. The effective employee doesn’t take a critical review as a personal attack. They see it as an opportunity to learn and grow. Instead of being defensive about their review an effective employee asks questions and listens to the answers so that the their work will be better next time.

4. An Effective Employee Works Hard Every Day

When work is going well and there are no obstacles in the way everyone on the team is able to do a good job. An effective employee is one who shows up with the positive energy when the team knows it’s going to be a hard day. The effective employee doesn’t complain when extra effort is required to get the job done. He or she takes on the challenge without complaining and recognizes that their employer deserves their full commitment every day.

5. An Effective Employee Has a Positive Outlook

An effective employee has a positive outlook and is ready to pitch in at any time. They show their interest in their job and company by volunteering to be on a committee or be part of a special project. Where some employees might turn to gossip or adopt a “can’t do” attitude, an effective employee takes the lead and shares constructive comments, which energize team members. An effective employee is someone you look forward to seeing at work because you always feel better when you do.

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