According to a Forbes article, great employees are not replaceable. Are these great and exceptional employees fast disappearing in the workforce? Here are some qualities that bosses appreciate and can help people keep their jobs.
1. Never Be On Time, Be Early
Punctuality may be a virtue of the bored, but it never hurts to arrive a little bit early so that you'll be calm and collected as you start your day.
Be around 15 minutes early every day. This is a good buffer for days when traffic or weather conditions bad; if you are running late, you will be on time. Also, it helps to avoid having a headache with parking e.g. having to park at a distance away for some reason.
More importantly, if your boss or client is early, you will be there to greet him or her. Time is money, and no boss likes a late employee.
2. Stay a Little Later
Everyone notices who runs for the door at 5.30pm sharp. It's good practice to stay a little longer to to tie up loose ends and organise your work space for the next day. Make a to-do list, put away files and documents, wipe down surfaces and basically wind down the work day while taking the opportunity to see if you've missed out anything.
Show that you're willing to go the extra mile by staying a little later, even if it's just for 15-20 minutes and longer if necessary, particularly if you're working on a big project.
3. Strive for Excellence
What differentiates a run-of-the-mill employee from an excellent one? Don't just get by. Rather, in everything you do, strive to be the best.
One big factor to avoid is procrastination. Don't let work sit on your desk for days on end. Get the work done, move on to the next task as quickly as possible then take the initiative to volunteer for more jobs. Give your employer a full day's work for a full day's wages.
Facebook and excessive chatting at work are a no-no and you'll be surprised how a little discipline goes a long way, particularly when it's time for a promotion or pay raise.
4. Out-Do Yourself
There are generally two types of workers: those who wait to be told what to do and those who constantly keep busy.
Aside from learning to do your job and to do it well, great employees go beyond a "Can Do" attitude to out-doing themselves at work.
A great employee sets himself apart from the crowd by taking ownership of the company (even without being the boss) and setting the pace for others to follow. To outdo yourself, reach for the stars, and even if you fall short, your near-perfect would still be outstanding.
5. Hold Your Head High
When facing external clients or vendors, uphold your employer's name by carrying yourself well to people whom you talk to and meet. Maintain a professional image. To them, you are the company.
Internally, maintain professional and friendly working relations with your colleagues. Don't air your grievances, frustrations, or interpersonal conflicts. Don't gossip. Treat new employees with care.
6. When in Doubt, Don't Wear It
Don't dress to fit in with your co-workers. Dress better than your co-workers or where possible, dress even better than your boss.
Even in a casual working environment, try not to slip into the habit of wearing jeans and a t-shirt to work everyday. Close-toe shoes, full-length slacks and collared shirts are the way to go. Flip flops, cut jeans and shirts that show cleavage or chest hair are a no-no.
7. Build Great Working Relationships
Cultivate good working relationships with those in your department and those in other departments. This will not only help get work done but make your boss look better in the eyes of management too.
Offer junior employees guidance and encouragement. Be a mentor. Rather than do the work for them or withhold important skills, teach them instead and you'll find yourself rising higher in a shorter time. That aside, stay away from employees who gossip, disrespect others and don't do their work.
8. Stay Healthy
What is a healthy employee worth? First, increased productivity. Whenever an employee is sick and takes time off from work, there is almost always a business consequence; his co-workers will have to cover for him, possibly impeding their own progress. In cases of chronic absenteeism, a replacement worker might have to be called in, who might not perform as well.
Also, a healthy employee spends less money on medical care. If you don't want your co-workers to resent you for being sick so often, eat healthy, stay away from junk food, get plenty of rest, exercise, etc. in order to prevent sickness.
Perhaps you already have these exceptional employee qualities which are only waiting to be noticed. If you find yourself lacking, start to see which of these qualities you can adopt and work on first.