5 Traits of a Great Employee

Perhaps you just scored your first job or you’ve been working for a while now. Maybe you’re still figuring out your career path. But there is always room to learn about being a great employee, and there’s no better time to do that than the present. We gathered together five great traits that employers love in employees for your reading pleasure!

Good Communicator:

Employers typically want employees who are good at communicating thoughts and ideas either through writing or speaking. If you’re able to do this, it puts you at a good advantage. Learn to clarify your statements and ask questions if you don’t understand something – it shows you care!

Confident worker:

There’s a space between being arrogant and having no self-confidence that you need to find and get comfortable with. It’s good to be confident in your ideas and projects, but it’s also good to take other ideas into consideration and make room for people to provide their input as well!


Being on time to work sounds simple but it’s important! Making sure you don’t waste company time is ethical and greatly appreciated by your boss.

Team player:

Make sure you’re doing your fair share of the work, but also be there to motivate your coworkers and ask your boss what else needs to be done when you’ve completed all your tasks. No matter where you go in life, being a part of a team is almost always inevitable and knowing how to be a great part of the team is important.

You take pride in what you’re doing:

Even if you don’t necessarily want to be in your current job for life, it’s important to pick a workplace in which you’ll be happy and to do your best work. Employees that are passionate and eager are more likely to enjoy what they’re doing. If you can’t take pride in your work, you may need to take a step back and look at why you’re still doing it.


Making Yourself More Marketable

standing-outIn our ever changing, growingly competitive workforce, we can inevitably see the technological economic and social forces that are transforming so many industries in different areas of work.  The end goal is to stay updated and know what those skills are, how to acquire them, and what the payoff will be. It is essential not to remain stagnant, but at all times open to learning new things, giving you great exposure for your own personal professional advancement.


Being Socially Intelligent:

  • Ability to collaborate well and work with others. Knowing how to act and react appropriately in various situations.
  • Ability to interact with others and develop meaningful relationships.

Being Adaptable:

  • Ability to adjust to new work environments and changing conditions.

Bilingual or Multilingual

  • The economy is more global than ever. Picking up a second or third language can only set you apart from future competition.

Cross-Culturally adept

  • Learn to adapt to different cultural norms. Whether your work brings you to another country or you interact with those of varying backgrounds on a daily basis.


  • Processing skills and knowledge in more than one area of work. This will only increase your ability to solve multifaceted problems.


Come to the Center for Career Planning for advice on enhancing your professional development. We are glad to help you identify your career goals and get to know your industry area! Make an appointment today by calling 757-594-8887 or visiting Christopher Newport Hall 305.

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