What Makes a Good Employee?
Setting: You serve yourself a piece of pizza and start eating it.
Good employees share some common characteristics called “soft skills.”
Soft skills have to do with:
- The way you communicate with other people.
- The way you work with other people in your work group.
- How you pick up on other people’s feelings.
- How you follow the rules and solve problems.
Hard skills are the education, experience, skills and abilities that you need to do a job.
Think about each characteristic (soft skill) on the following list. Does it describe you? If not, ask your job placement specialist for help. Great employees:
- Are flexible.
- Are punctual – they arrive on time, stay until their shift ends and call their supervisor when they can’t make it to work.
- Work hard every day.
- Can take criticism and learn from their mistakes.
- Ask questions if they don’t understand something.
- Are willing to learn new things.
- Have a good attitude.
- Are pleasant to be around – they smile, are polite and treat their coworkers and supervisors with respect.
- Know when to talk, when to listen and what topics to avoid.
- Are team players who pitch in when they’re needed.
- Follow the rules, including dress code or uniform requirements.
- Have good hygiene.