Qualities of a Good Employee That Any Boss Wants

Not all positions, industries or employees are the same but there are some universal and transferable qualities that all good employees possess. We spoke with Dana McPherson, the Career Connections Center’s  Marketing and Digital Media Manager, to see what she values in her employees.

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1. Trustworthiness

There has to be a level of trust in any boss-employee relationship. Without this fundamental trust, a thriving and productive relationship cannot be formed or won’t be able to grow.

2. Integrity

Integrity is a vital characteristic for all employees. It is important for employees to remain honest with their supervisor and to operate based on the moral and ethical principles of their company.

3. Desire to Try New Things

Bosses want employees who are willing to take risks and try new things, without being reckless. Creativity and the ability to come up with new ways of thinking are both valuable traits for any employee in any field.

4. Takes Initiative

A good employee steps up to the plate without being asked. Bosses want people on their team who will take action, adapt to changing circumstances and be ready for anything.

5. Team Player

For a department to be successful, it needs to operate like a team. A good employee will be a team player, keep those around them in consideration when making decisions and always have the goals of the team in mind.

6. Lifelong learner

A boss loves nothing more than an employee who is always eager to learn. An employee should never feel too complacent or comfortable in their position and constantly be looking for new things that can contribute to the success of the team and company.

While you’re in school, use your time in internships, part-time jobs and clubs to practices these qualities of a good employee. Not only will it impress your current boss or supervisor but it will set you up for longevity and success in your future, full-time career!

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