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How To Be the Model Employee

6th August 2018


Downsizing in today’s market is quite normal; hence as an employee you must do your best to perform beyond the expectations of your employer. You must seek to grow and improve on those qualities that your employer desires to see. Employers today are looking for creative, self-directed individuals who will take up tasks even before those responsibilities are assigned to them.

Aside your ability to fill and function in a job position, there are certain characteristics and traits that employers look out for. These traits go beyond intellectual prowess and communication proficiency, to those traits that show you have the ability to go the extra mile to achieve company goals and place the organization in a competitive position. To be an employee that employers like, you must demonstrate that you’re passionate about company objectives and ready to make decisions that will solve problems.

The following tips are things you can do in order to become an employee that employers like to have.


One way to make your employer value you is being an employee that possesses a passion for working hard and using smart tools to deliver result within required time. Be an employee that handles every responsibility presented to you and develops efficient ways and techniques of executing these tasks in order to save time and company resources. Having a good work ethic also entails doing more than what is expected of you. Take the initiative and perform other responsibilities that are in line with your company’s objective rather than spending time on personal issues. Set high goals for yourself and do more than the regular clocking in and clocking out every day.


Approaching every assignment with a positive attitude affects the way you carry out tasks and also affects your level of productivity. Good employees stand out because they are always enthusiastic about their jobs and they also impact other employees in a positive way by creating a good working environment through the positive energy emanating from them. Employers are interested in workers who are motivated to get the job done, and also motivate others to perform their job responsibility. Having a positive attitude towards work does not only put you in the good books of your manager, but also makes your job more interesting and fulfilling.


Employers desire employees who have the ability to adjust and adapt to a continuously changing business eco-system. You must be able to fit in and adapt to new changes within the industry your business operates. As the business evolves technologically you must not be left behind; move with the developmental tide in order to function properly in an ever-changing work place. Being open to change and new developments provides you with an opportunity to learn new and efficient ways of carrying out tasks in order to be more productive. Adaptability also means your ability to fit in to the existing team, and coping with both the professional and personal characteristics of your co-workers.


To be an employee who is loved by his or her employer, you must be someone who has the ability to stir themselves to responsibility. You shouldn’t wait for your supervisor to spoon feed you with responsibility at all time. Employers are more interested in employees who require little supervision in order to get the job done within the set time frame with the touch of professionalism. A self-motivated employee does not require any external factor to stimulate him or her to carry out their responsibilities. Have confidence in your abilities and go for the goal without waiting to be reminded all the time. Employers grow weary of workers whom they have to remind or push before they can carry out their job responsibilities.


One of the most important traits that employers seek in an employee is loyalty to the brand. When a company invests in the growth and development of its employees, it demands a certain level of loyalty from them. Employers like employees they can trust and who will not sell out company secrets to competitors. Considering the fact that an employee can switch jobs at any time, employers tend to value employees who are productive and also use their productivity to boost the growth of the company. Employers also want to have an employee who can deliver professional results in their absence, not those who deliver below the bar of standard.

Companies require more from their workers beyond carrying out their day to day business activities, therefore as an employee you must be careful to develop and practice those traits commonly sought by employers.

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