Employment The Best Qualities in an Employee  

Samantha Dillinger
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List of good employee traits, including characteristics that make bosses happy and good qualities in an employee. Good characteristics of an employee tend to match up with many of the top qualities in a person, with a few more career focused traits. If you're asking the question "what do employers look for in a good employee" or wondering how to become a good employee this is the place to be.

The best candidates for jobs tend to have many of the same skills including self-motivation, loyalty, leadership, and a good work ethic. All of these personality traits employers look for are paramount in obtaining a job and later getting a raise or a promotion. Making sure your employer knows you have the best skills for a job is important, but knowing what the top skills for a career are is just as paramount.

What are the best qualities in an employee? What do employers look for in potential employees? Some of these questions should be answered with this crowd ranked list of the top qualities in employees, voted on by employers and employees alike. If you don't see the qualities employers look for on this list of the greatest qualities in an employee, make sure to add them so others will know what the top traits for employees really are.
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292 20
Trustworthy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Trustworthy

2
295 21
Hard Working is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Hard Working

3
215 37
Intelligent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Intelligent

4
265 28
Self Motivated is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Self Motivated

5
188 16
Positive Attitude is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
FHC313 added Positive Attitude

6
262 19
Problem Solver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Problem Solver

7
200 40
Loyal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Loyal

8
199 29
Focused is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Focused

9
225 35
Good Communicator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Good Communicator

10
174 43
Team Player is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Team Player

11
141 10
Common Sense is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
JimTadlock added Common Sense

12
169 37
Careful is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Careful

13
194 25
Motivated is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Motivated

14
155 34
Good Organizational Skills is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Good Organizational Skills

15
150 35
Detail Oriented is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Detail Oriented

16
125 44
Easy Going is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Easy Going

17
79 7
Has Common Sense is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Has Common Sense

18
151 30
Patient is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Patient

19
169 41
Punctual is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Punctual

20
147 31
Calm is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Calm

21
142 29
Confident is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Confident

22
147 34
Clean is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Clean

23
165 35
Creative is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Creative

24
68 8
Listens Well is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Listens Well

25
111 40
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Sundar added Enthusiastic Sundar Natarajan

26
71 13
Competence is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Competence

27
55 7
Professional is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
GustavoMelo added

28
101 61
Well Groomed is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Well Groomed

29
62 17
Nice Person (not Mean or Bitch... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
serifs added Nice Person (not Mean or Bitchy)

30
93 59
Social is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Social

31
67 10
Diligent is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
CharlotteChadwick added Diligent

32
50 7
Customer Friendly is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Customer Friendly

33
78 17
Doesn't Spread Rumors or G... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
CharlotteChadwick added Doesn't Spread Rumors or Gossip

34
126 27
Speaks Clearly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Speaks Clearly

35
101 48
Leader is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Leader

36
95 49
Doesn't Complain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Doesn't Complain

37
67 22
Clean is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
jets2008 added Clean

38
93 48
Fiscally Responsible is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Fiscally Responsible

39
46 17
Character is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee

40
116 39
Happy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Happy

41
40 17
Walk His/Her Talk is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Walk His/Her Talk

42
101 38
Inventive is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Inventive

43
89 35
Strategic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Strategic

44
70 64
Competitive is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Competitive

45
29 24
Project Manager is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee

46
48 38
Brave is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
jets2008 added Brave

47
16 9
Happy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee

48
25 42
Thrifty is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
jets2008 added Thrifty

49
13 41
Hung is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
GilLerat added Hung

50
24 56
Reverent is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
jets2008 added Reverent