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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Trustworthy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Trustworthy

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286 21
Hard Working is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Hard Working

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181 15
Positive Attitude is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
FHC313 added Positive Attitude

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207 35
Intelligent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Intelligent

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257 25
Self Motivated is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Self Motivated

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253 18
Problem Solver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Problem Solver

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191 40
Loyal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Loyal

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192 28
Focused is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Focused

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218 34
Good Communicator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Good Communicator

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165 42
Team Player is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Team Player

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188 24
Motivated is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Motivated

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132 10
Common Sense is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
JimTadlock added Common Sense

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159 37
Careful is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Careful

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149 33
Good Organizational Skills is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Good Organizational Skills

The Worst Traits for an Employee

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144 35
Detail Oriented is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Detail Oriented

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145 28
Patient is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Patient

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74 7
Has Common Sense is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Has Common Sense

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162 41
Punctual is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Punctual

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138 28
Confident is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Confident

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140 31
Calm is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Calm

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119 43
Easy Going is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Easy Going

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158 35
Creative is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Creative

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107 39
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Sundar added Enthusiastic Sundar Natarajan

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142 32
Clean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Clean

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65 13
Competence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Competence

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62 7
Listens Well is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Listens Well

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97 59
Well Groomed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Well Groomed

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89 57
Social is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Social

Soft Skills That Are Important for Success

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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)

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Diligent is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
CharlotteChadwick added Diligent

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45 6
Customer Friendly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Customer Friendly

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74 16
Doesn't Spread Rumors or G... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
CharlotteChadwick added Doesn't Spread Rumors or Gossip

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50 7
Professional is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
GustavoMelo added Professional

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121 27
Speaks Clearly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Speaks Clearly

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97 47
Leader is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Leader

Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy

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Clean is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
jets2008 added Clean

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90 48
Doesn't Complain is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Doesn't Complain

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89 47
Fiscally Responsible is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Fiscally Responsible

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42 16
Character is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee

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

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36 16
Walk His/Her Talk is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Walk His/Her Talk

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96 37
Inventive is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Inventive

The Qualities of a Good Employee

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84 35
Strategic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Strategic

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66 63
Competitive is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Competitive

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26 22
Project Manager is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee

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45 36
Brave is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
jets2008 added Brave

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12 8
Happy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee

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22 40
Thrifty is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
jets2008 added Thrifty

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11 36
Hung is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
GilLerat added Hung

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23 53
Reverent is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
jets2008 added Reverent