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

2
293 21
Hard Working is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Hard Working

3
214 36
Intelligent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Intelligent

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263 27
Self Motivated is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Self Motivated

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261 18
Problem Solver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Problem Solver

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186 16
Positive Attitude is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
FHC313 added Positive Attitude

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197 40
Loyal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Loyal

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197 29
Focused is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Focused

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222 35
Good Communicator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Good Communicator

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172 42
Team Player is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Team Player

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138 10
Common Sense is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
JimTadlock added Common Sense

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166 37
Careful is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Careful

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192 25
Motivated is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Motivated

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153 34
Good Organizational Skills is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Good Organizational Skills

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149 35
Detail Oriented is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Detail Oriented

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123 44
Easy Going is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Easy Going

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78 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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148 30
Patient is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Patient

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166 41
Punctual is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Punctual

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145 31
Calm is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Calm

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141 29
Confident is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Confident

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146 33
Clean is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Clean

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163 35
Creative is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Creative

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66 8
Listens Well is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Listens Well

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111 39
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Sundar added Enthusiastic Sundar Natarajan

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69 13
Competence is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Competence

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53 7
Professional is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
GustavoMelo added Professional

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100 60
Well Groomed is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Well Groomed

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93 57
Social is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Social

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61 17
Nice Person (not Mean or Bitch... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
serifs added Nice Person (not Mean or Bitchy)

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66 10
Diligent is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
CharlotteChadwick added Diligent

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77 17
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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49 7
Customer Friendly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Customer Friendly

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125 27
Speaks Clearly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Speaks Clearly

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101 47
Leader is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Leader

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94 48
Doesn't Complain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Doesn't Complain

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93 47
Fiscally Responsible is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Fiscally Responsible

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66 22
Clean is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
jets2008 added Clean

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45 17
Character is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee

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115 39
Happy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Happy

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39 17
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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100 38
Inventive is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Inventive

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88 35
Strategic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Strategic

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70 63
Competitive is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Competitive

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29 23
Project Manager is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee

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48 37
Brave is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
jets2008 added Brave

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15 9
Happy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee

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25 41
Thrifty is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
jets2008 added Thrifty

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13 40
Hung is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
GilLerat added Hung

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24 55
Reverent is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
jets2008 added Reverent