What Employers Want to See in Their Employees
Looking for the ideal employee is certainly no easy task. There are many types of employees and all have their qualities at, and even off work. They could be good at doing their profession since it is a perfect fit for their job description, or have no skills at their assigned tasks, but it turns out they're better at doing the job than someone else. There are a lot of variables to consider when picking out which qualities make for the best employee the company needs at a certain point during its operations. There is also the strong possibility of those said employees having qualities that they were not aware of.
It is the company that needs to look for such employees and evaluate them within the echelons of management; whether the employees they evaluated are working effectively based on the qualities they showed during work or not. They could possibly transfer the employee to a position that could benefit the company more, let them stay where they are, demote them, assign them to a different supervisor, let them go, have them switch task for a given time then rotate them back, and even possibly promote to a better position with higher pay to boot and better benefits.
There's a lot of possibilities and factors to pay attention to when any of the employees are evaluated.
Even with the business world entering the digital age, there are still some things that fit better with using the traditional method, especially when it comes to the work being done by the company's employees.
Let's say there are two employees: one is a technician with great skills when it comes to technology and constantly watches the clock, and another employee who simply does deskwork and has little to none to offer in the technical skills department. But what makes him special is that he supports his team, always looks for ways to do his job better, and is always ready to help the company grow. While technical skills are good and all, it is the ability to support the team and the company as well as being a hard worker that shines in the eyes of the bosses.
So let's check which qualities the employers and management are looking for when hiring new employees and evaluating current employees.
Planning and Organization
Companies are always on the lookout for those employees that are quite good with handling everything—schedules, events, workload, goals, or even just the little things like keeping their workstation organized and neat to look at. When an employee is good at planning and organizing, it shows that they have initiative. This is an important quality to have in an employee, one that is always welcome no matter which company that person goes to. Employees that have these traits are also less likely to fail since they usually think ahead for any overlaps or gaps and would usually have a contingency plan or two ready, whenever needed.
These employees are also skilled in making sure that the most valuable resource available in our lives, time, is not wasted and is used to its maximum efficiency. These employees would also usually use a highly effective organizing system to ensure that everything is within reach and can be done so at any time with as minimal effort as possible. They also have the potential to restore order when there is chaos ensuing from within the company and can run a highly-organized department to bring results to the company in a timely manner.
The management team would always be on the look out for employees who can make decisions with a cool head on their shoulders. These employees' decisions should be the ones that can take the company to the next level of operations—quick, precise, technically sound, morally sound, and if possible, ground breaking. When an employee is good at deciding the next plan of action, it also shows that they can potentially become a good leader within the company's infrastructure. They can be a model to their co-workers, someone they can depend on to steer them in the right direction, and become someone who is not afraid to break new ground to improve the company.
If the management involves employees in their decision making, it gives the employees a sense of value; that they are a part of the team and even more if the decisions are on corporate level. It makes them feel that they're every bit as part of company as the higher-ups are. This also helps employees to be good at their decision-making abilities in the future It would also show to the employees that the company trusts themand their decisions.
Among all the qualities, this is probably the most important of all. Companies would always desire for an employee who excels at working well with others. A company cannot stand alone. It needs a strong foundation and there is no better way to get that than through a team that exuberates teamwork to get the tasks at hand done in a timely manner and in as high a quality as possible. Employees who have the ability to work well with others are a gem to any company; they are the support beams that keep it standing through thick and thin. They are the ones who can give their all for the benefit of everyone.
Teamwork is also the key for getting big projects done. Teamwork fosters creativity and learning among colleagues, builds trust with one another, teaches individuals conflict resolution skills, combines their complementary strengths to make a cohesive unit, and promotes a wider sense of ownership since each member is responsible for completing not just their own designated task, but also of the team's task as a whole. Teamwork also encourages everyone in the team to take healthy risks; if an employee is unsure they can always count on their teammates to help them go through with it.
The management team always has their ears open for employees who are not afraid to voice out anything that is bothering them, as well as those who are open to talk to and are approachable by their co-workers. Communication is done at every level—from colleague to colleague, colleague to manager, manager to director, director to CEO, CEO to owner, and many more. The absence of adequate communication can lead to frustration and a lowering of morale. When the target goals are not met, there can be a decline in the productivity which also results unrest and confusion.
With good and open communication between all levels of staff and employees, misunderstandings can be avoided, or worked out rather quickly and efficiently so that there is an improved work place atmosphere, with little to no tension. Open lines of communication can lead to overall better job satisfaction as employees feel that their ideas and problems are heard and appreciated. Good communication skills an also help build lasting relationships with clients and customers; thus, increasing the success of a business. If a leader or employee is incapable of communicating, then neither of them will ever be able to encourage or motivate others to work to the best of their abilities.
A loyal employee is the true star of the company; they are the most valuable pieces of a large puzzle. Through years of hard work, companies would always show their appreciation to their most loyal employees. This makes others, especially the newer ones, want to achieve that milestone as well. Loyal employees are a dime a dozen though; they can be hard to come by and there are many factors that can affect how one can be loyal to a company. Employers would also have to spend more whenever an employee leaves since they need to hire new ones to take their place, have them trained, and go through orentation again.
Loyal employees also set the standard for the company; the new ones learn from them so they are needed to draw experience and inspiration from. But employees are only as loyal as long as the company is loyal to them. They should never feel cheated by the company for they would not only lose an employee but also an asset that has made them what they are today. The loyal employees also serve as a bridge between the management team and the newer additions, since they have been with the company for a longer time; they should be able to act as sort of mediator between the two.
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