8 Attributes of exceptional employees
By Patricia Uyeh
How do you spot an irreplaceable employee? They are usually dependable, proactive, efficient, hardworking, great leaders and great followers. They posses a set of easily defined but hard to find skills . They have a huge impact on the people around them and work towards achieving the organisation goals.
Below are eight signs of truly exceptional employees:
1. They think beyond job descriptions.
Exceptional employee think outside the box. They adapt quickly and can do whatever it takes to get results no matter the role or position.Exceptional employees can identify loopholes and proffer solutions without being told.
2. They are unconventional:
The best employees are often a little unusual. It might seem odd but they use this attribute in a good way. Unusual personalities make the workplace fun and transform ordinary to extraordinary. Exceptional employees are not tied to the status quo, they often have the best of ideas.
3.They know when to reveal their individuality:
Exceptional employees know when to separate work form play. When a challenge surfaces, they cease to show their individuality and form the best teammates. They know when to conform, back out and when to challenge.It is not as easy as it appears but those in this category carry on with ease.
4. They give commendations:
Exceptional employees are quick to recognize the contributions of others, especially in group settings . they do not take all the credit for the good work done.
5. They disagree privately
Experience shows that some problems are better handled privately. Exceptional employees come to you before or after a meeting to discuss a sensitive issue rather than exposing what will throw one off balance.
6. They are curious
Exceptional employees have an innate feel for the issues and concerns of those around them. They ask questions or raise important issues when others are not forthcoming.
7. They like to prove other people wrong.
Education, intelligence, talent, and skill are equally important but drive is critical. Exceptional employees are driven by something deeper and more personal than just the desire to do a good job.
8. They’re constantly learning:
Learning is continuous. Exceptional employees are not satisfied with their current level, they seek for more knowledge on how to develop.”Good employees follow processes. Great employees tweak processes.” Exceptional employees look for ways to reinvent processes, not just because they are expected to but because that is their nature.
Photo credits: http://nbea.net/