Dependability/Discipline : Reliability is a trait that is — or should be — instilled at an early age, and employees often can overcome deficiencies such as lack of experience simply by showing up on time and performing their assigned duties. Being able to work without a supervisor hovering over your shoulder is a sign of discipline. Cultivate good relationships with the people in your organization;they are the experts in their departments.
Taking Initiative / Responsibility : Offering solutions to problems in a constructive manner, as well as standing up and taking responsibility for mistakes you’ve made, goes a long way in catching an employer’s attention. The State University of New York College at Oneonta, in “The Characteristics of a Good Employee,” adapted an article for sixth-graders. In it, students were directed to ask themselves, “Do I look around to see what needs to be done and do it, or do I wait for duties to be assigned to me?” and “Do I ask questions to try to learn more, or do I stick to what I already know and have been told?” Whether a sixth-grader or an employee, these questions are fundamental to becoming successful. – May 2, 2015
Maintain a clean job performance record : Do a good job, show up on time, keep a good attendance history. When you find out someone has been let go, you often find out later that there were underlying circumstances that led to their dismissal–including frequent absences, missed deadlines, reprimands for unprofessional behavior, or too many customer complaints.
Be part of the solutions : Quit whining about what’s wrong and start being vocal about what’s right! A positive attitude goes a long way with many supervisors. When you go to the boss with a problem, go with at least one suggestion in mind for a solution. Even if the boss doesn’t take your suggestion, you will look like a problem-solver, not a complainer
Team Player: Many companies consist of teams. Any company requires an effective team effort. An employer who can contribute is an ideal worker. Someone who is like a fish in the water (of the organization), who can perform well in a team will become a factor sooner or later.
Self-Motivated: A good employee never hesitates of taking responsibility or a more responsible position. She also ready to work beyond the call of duty in order to meet goals or to solve problems, even if the job in discussion is not one of the regular works she is usually assigned.
Ambitious : Employees can only help your company if they want to help themselves have a better career. Ambition is what makes a company innovative, it’s what spawns creative ideas and what generates candor and openness amongst employees.
Action-oriented : Hire employees who take action and take chances. While chances may lead to failure, they will more often lead to success and mold confidence while generating new ideas. Stagnant employees won’t make your company money; action-oriented employees will.
Honest: An employee can have all the talent in the world, but without integrity and authenticity, nothing great will be accomplished. If nothing else, you want honest, forthright employees at your organization, otherwise your company will turn off clients and, ultimately won’t survive.