Being a good employee is essential in today’s world, especially in these tough economic times when there are many seeking work. Consequently, it is important to keep in mind that no employee is irreplaceable. While hearing many complain these days about his or her job, one just needs to look around and be thankful that they have the means in which to survive and are able to work. There are many who are not only unemployed, but also unable to perform due to illness or a disability. Sometimes when a person is feeling in a mood to complain, they may need to sit back, relax and take a look around in order to appreciate what they have, and learn how to be a good employee.
Being a good employee means caring about your job and your company. In other words, treat your place of business as if it were your own.
If you are an employee who has been with the company for a number of years, it is easy to fall into a routine and become complacent. While an employee with a number of years behind him may have seniority over others, this does not give them the right to shun responsibility or become less productive.
On the other hand, new employees who are younger or have an advanced education does not mean they are ready to come in and take over. Instead, both types of employees should practice the traits of what it takes to be a good employee.
Come to work on time every day and stay as long as needed.
There are some who are habitually late and always have an excuse, ones that get more outlandish everyday! While there may be times when a person may be late through no fault of their own, an employee who anticipates being late should always call and let the boss or someone, know of their delay.
When it is quitting time and you are right in the middle of a report or making copies for a meeting, it does not mean you should jump up and run out the door. Staying to finish the job or at least reach a stopping point will not be that much of a delay. If it is impossible to stay later, then you should plan your day more effectively
Do not call in sick unless you are, or take for granted that you can call in a vacation day spontaneously. Vacations and personal time should be scheduled. When you are out, your job is delegated to others, and having to take on unexpected responsibilities without being prepared can affect production or productivity, as well cause stress and conflict among others.
Be that employee who, when someone asks you to do something, will feel confident that the job will be done, and done right, without a doubt. Dependability goes a long way in the workforce, and having the...