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Being an effective employee

Good employees have the skills required to do their jobs in an effective and productive manner (American Management Association, N.d.). “The most intelligent companies...heavily weigh personality when determining the most apt employees” (Forbes, 2013). This means companies hire individuals they feel are best fit for the position; which in this context may be determined by a person’s enthusiasm and passion. Once a candidate is hired, they are given the ability to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfill their new role. Regardless of the kind of corporation one works for, an individual that makes a good impression uses their knowledge and the experience they possess to be a consistent employee. Moreover, the most successful employees take advantage of their new opportunity and thus display actions relating to the following:

  1. Concentrate on their specific job skills- These employees focus on particular job skills recognized as expertise. They utilize their specific job skills that expose their knowledge and experience.
  2. Add to their department’s accomplishments– These employees have an interest in their department’s success and therefore contributes ideas and time to help maintain or improve their department’s objectives.
  3. Complete the work– These employees are organized and proficient. They perform their job duties well and manage time efficiently to meet deadlines.
  4. Works on precise priorities– These employees categorize their work using the urgent, not urgent, important, and not important matrix. They use this method to help prioritize and effectively accomplish their job responsibilities.
  5. Generally concerned with the quality of their own work and performance– These employees are concerned with the quality of their own personal work load and performance. They do not focus on what everyone else is doing or other’s work ethics.
  6. Work a particular amount of hours– These employees maintain a reasonable work schedule. They ensure to balance both their work and professional schedules to maintain a healthy routine.
  7. Receive information from others– These employees receive information such as constructive criticism positively and then apply it to their current role to improve their overall work performance.
  8. Self motivated and fulfilled– These employees personally motivate themselves and have the confidence to satisfy their professional aspirations.
  9. Valuable team affiliate– These employees are effective team members. They are team players that provide assistance, meaningful contributions, and maintain a win/win attitude for the benefit of the team.
  10. Has an overall good attitude– These employees are typically positive individuals. They are helpful, understanding, and maintain a genuine personality.

Being an effective employee should be natural. Individuals should not have to “play the part,” or “play the game,” to be recognized as being effective. Effectiveness comes from one’s ability to be productive and perform their job duties with passion and commitment. Furthermore, it is the effective employee that works hard to accomplish goals and as a result becomes an asset to the organization they work for.


American Management Association. (N.d.). Becoming a supervisor. Location: N.d.

Forbes. (2013). 15 traits of the ideal employee. Retrieved from

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