15 Traits Of The Ideal Employee

By Dusty Beck

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1. Action-Oriented – Hire employees who take action and take chances. While taking chances might lead to failure, they will more often lead to success and create confidence.

2. Intelligent – Intelligence is not the only thing, but it is one of the strongest traits an employee can have. When hiring, intelligence is a must or you’re going to be spending so much time making sure things are going smoothly.

3. Ambitious – Employees can only help your company if they want to help themselves have a better career. Ambition is what makes a company successful.

4. Reliability – You are hiring an employee who can get the job done without constant supervision. As the owner of the company, you have your own things to do. When you direct activities to an employee, you don't want to waste time playing 20 questions.

5. Leadership Skills – Do you see this individual leading future employees of the company? Leadership begins with self-confidence, positive reinforcement, and repetitive success.

6. Cultural Fit – Are you going to enjoy working with this individual on a daily basis? Are your employees going to enjoy working with this individual? When hiring, personality can mean the difference between an employee who doesn't stay long and fails to produce vs. a hotshot who is going to significantly increase your success as a company.

7. Upbeat – Employees who come into work fresh and energetic everyday are going to outproduce workers who think negatively and easily give up when they encounter defeat. Upbeat and optimistic employees create a working environment that is unique, spawns new ideas and, is enjoyable for the other people involved.

8. Confident – Confidence produces results and encourages employees to take on challenges that others shy away from. The best companies are highly confident in their abilities to provide a superior product or service and this belief spawns a culture of improvement and client confidence.

9. Successful – One of the most effective ways to predict future success in a candidate is their past success at other businesses. Have they remained at companies for a prolonged period? Have they met company goals? What achievements have these individuals accomplished? If one looks closely, a lot can be deciphered from a resume.

10. Honest – An employee can have all the talent in the world, but without integrity and authenticity, nothing great will be accomplished. If nothing else, you want honest employees at your business, otherwise you will lose clients and, go out of business.

11. Detail Oriented – Attention to detail is crucial or mistakes will be made within your company. Detail-oriented employees take pride in their work,and get the job done.

12. Modest – The most sought after employees shout their value not through their words, but rather through their work.

13. Hard working – Nothing great is accomplished easily. Nothing great is accomplished via hiring 9 – 5 employees. Rather, the foundation of any business lies in its ability to recruit result oriented, hard working employees who execute.

14. Marketable – By marketable, I mean presentable to clients. Business is not a fashion contest nor do looks dictate success, however most successful applicants are well put together and, when dealing with clients are going to represent your business as professional and organized.

15. Passionate – Employees who are passionate about their job never work a day in their life. While money should be a motivator in all individuals whom you hire, make sure that they enjoy the journey when pursuing that end-goal.

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