Do You Have the Traits that Bosses Love?
October 16th is nationally recognized as Boss' Day, a day where all employees are encouraged to show their appreciation for their boss. As such, this is a good time to address an issue that many employees ask themselves frequently; namely, do you have the traits that your boss loves?
When it comes to good employees, there is no one-size-fits-all definition. Great employees outshine others by doing what they do best: working hard and working well with others. But there are other characteristics that bosses love to find in their workers. Here are ten traits to model your workplace ethic after:
- 1. Be honest. Honesty is undervalued in the workplace. If you mess up on a big project, take the blame and fess up to your mistakes. If something at home is affecting your demeanor on the job, tell your boss the reason behind your change in attitude. Most bosses appreciate straight-forwardness and transparency and will reward it accordingly.
- 2. Don't gossip. No one likes a gossip, especially in the workplace. Bosses especially dislike the unnecessary attention and harm it can bring to other employees at work. Do yourself a favor and keep your opinions private.
- 3. Don't overdo it. Every boss loves a hard worker, but surprisingly, they can be suspicious of those who are constantly working and don't take time out for hobbies or family. You shouldn't always expect to leave at 5 on the dot, but bosses do appreciate workers who can get their workload done in the allotted timeframe.
- 4. Challenge yourself. Don't be satisfied with status quo. If you've heard of a project that you think you'd be a great fit for, ask to be a part of it. Bosses understand that employees will get bored with the same day-to-day tasks. Those that have ambition and drive will be rewarded with extra attention and expanded job duties.
- 5. Speak up. If something in the workplace could be done better, prepare a report that shows how this can be done. Bosses will always consider ideas that result in more productive and efficient time spent at work.
- 6. Volunteer. Want to really stick out among the crowd? Sign up for all those extra-curricular office events. Whether you're at the company-sponsored baseball game or you are representing your company at a community event, getting your name on multiple attendee lists will increase your chances of culling favor.
- 7. Be a mentor for others. If the boss brings in an intern, odds are he or she will be virtually ignored by the rest of the staff. Taking the new person under your wing will show off your initiative and natural ability to lead.
- 8. Always keep learning. You don't have to wait for your boss to sign you up for more education. Take it upon yourself to enrich your skill set, whether it's more computer classes, training at work, or going for your MBA.
- 9. Stay the course. Bosses love nothing more than loyalty. Workers come and go, but the best employees will stick it out through good times and bad. The employee that remains at his company for many years will be rewarded in pay and promotion.
- 10. Inspire change. Be a leader among your fellow employees. Encourage others and don't forget to remember your own humble beginnings at the bottom of the ladder.
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