Work performance determines not only your satisfaction at work but can affect your everyday life as well. Whether or not your coworkers or employer immediately recognize your personal contribution can be the deciding factor in whether or not you get a raise. Enjoying your job or suffering through it can affect your happiness levels throughout the rest of the day. The best employees share many positive traits and experience job success and happiness as a result. Six of those positive traits shared by the best employees will be described here.
In order to be a successful employee, staying self-motivated is key. Employers look for employees who find things to do and fill gaps in production. If you finish early and someone else is struggling to complete a project, step in if you feel it would be appropriate. At the very least, finish your own projects in a timely manner and update your employer as needed. Don’t let projects sit on the back burner until you’ve completely run out of time.
Sharing projects with others and even enjoying work at all requires being able to cooperate with your team members. Friction between employees can reduce your happiness both on and off the clock. Make an effort to get to know people. Be aware of what other employees dislike at work and try and resolve conflicts if you can. However, you should avoid taking sides in any conflict, but instead focus on getting your own work done. Use the time you spend talking with other employees or clients constructively and positively. People enjoy working with positive, helpful employees, and an attitude of professionalism and courtesy improves productivity.
Be willing to admit when you’re wrong or when a process can be improved. If someone has criticism for you, be willing to take it without arguing or pushing back. Ideally, they’ll be providing constructive criticism that can help improve your work performance. In most cases, criticism helps provide a new perspective on what you’re doing and expressing criticism (whether true or not) increases the likelihood that a dissatisfied customer will come back again.
Some jobs require a lot of technical knowledge. While some knowledge can be picked up on the job, consider going back to school for accreditation or to learn advanced technical knowledge that may be beyond the scope of your job. If you’re worried about fitting work in with your school schedule or location, consider a masters program online. That way, you can keep working while you study. Getting a master’s degree is a great way to increase the likelihood of pay raises and opportunities for you to switch to management. For on-the-job learning, be willing to pick up new skills from other employees or work extra hours to complete extra certifications.
While it is very easy to be a problem finder at work, it is much more difficult to be a problem solver. As a result, problem solvers are highly valued. You don’t have to share information about every problem happens on the job. However, do notify your employer of problems your employer has asked to hear about (especially health or safety hazards). In other cases, fix problems as soon as possible. Notify your employer if you feel like they would be interested or if the solution required a higher level of skill or ingenuity. Co-workers and clients love having problem solvers on the job who can articulate what is happening and fix it quickly.
While there are many available steps to becoming better at your job, these are definitely some of the most popular and the most effective. Remember that becoming one of the best employees can increase your productivity, your job satisfaction, and potentially your wages. Even small changes can pay off dividends in the long run.