There is no one-size fits all definition for this question. Every manager and every company would differ in opinion when they answer this as well. But if we look for some common traits we see that employers look for employees dependable and good at their jobs. There are certain characteristics good employees share and those are the characteristics employers look for more than the ability to fill a job description.
The employees who outshine others by doing what they do best usually are called the best and they are the ones that work hard and work well with others. Other than that, there are other characteristics that bosses love to find in their workers.
Some traits on the list….
Traditionally, there are certain traits that have been listed down in the interviewer’s checklist and also been tested for are: Accountability, Flexibility, Creativity, Communication and Passion.
Also it’s seen that employers want employees who
- Demonstrate dependability.
- Are self–motivated.
- Provide a positive representation of their brand.
- Rise to the occasion.
- Are team players.
- With a positive attitude.
Do you have what bosses love?
It is just not making a first impression on the bosses but being on their favorite page is desired by all employees in one way or other. So what is that the bosses love and those traits we should look out for which we usually don’t find in a book or list? These are the qualities that the bosses would like to see in their workplace among their counterparts:
- Be honest
- Don’t gossip
- Don’t overdo it.
- Challenge yourself.
- Speak up.
- Be a mentor for others.
- Always keep learning.
- Stay the course.
- Inspire change.
What qualities matter?
In today’s fast changing and challenging market, it takes more to succeed and a recent study by Hyper Island says – “It’s all about your personality”. A growing desire for talent is seen in the current market and it is a unique combination of skill and flexibility. They are the people who can collaborate, adapt quickly and are also enjoyable company and they also have the drive to get things done.
“What is most compelling to watch out here is how clearly it highlights that personality, not competence, is the determining factor of who’s going to get the most attractive jobs among tomorrow’s recruits”, says Johanna Frelin, CEO.Hyper Island.
Tomorrow’s most wanted…
When we look at what will make the most difference when tomorrow’s leaders evaluate talent, the key trait is personality qualities and not skill sets. In the dynamic market of today the rate of change accelerates business growth and to achieve that, organizations have to attract and retain great talented professionals who would take them on the path to success.
Employees having the personality with flexibility and a unique combination of creativity and drive are the ones that determine success in tomorrow’s world ( ranked at the top with 78% votes). Followed by employees with “cultural alignment” : who make decisions based on values shared with their organization( 53%). Though we see personality reign in this market but skill sets still hold good (39%) with creative technology, UI/UX design, programming and analytics being the most prized ones.
So for a successful business, leaders of tomorrow look out for those traits and star employees tend to come up trumps!