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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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243 14
Trustworthy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Trustworthy

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243 19
Hard Working is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Hard Working

3
148 11
Positive Attitude is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
FHC313 added Positive Attitude

4
179 25
Intelligent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Intelligent

5
226 19
Self Motivated is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Self Motivated

6
212 15
Problem Solver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Problem Solver

7
165 30
Loyal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Loyal

8
159 22
Focused is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Focused

9
139 35
Team Player is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Team Player

10
186 30
Good Communicator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Good Communicator

11
158 21
Motivated is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Motivated

12
137 28
Careful is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Careful

13
97 7
Common Sense is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
JimTadlock added Common Sense

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127 28
Good Organizational Skills is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Good Organizational Skills

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120 31
Detail Oriented is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Detail Oriented

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126 23
Patient is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Patient

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123 24
Calm is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Calm

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119 23
Confident is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Confident

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140 36
Punctual is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Punctual

20
142 28
Creative is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Creative

21
102 38
Easy Going is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Easy Going

22
51 6
Has Common Sense is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Has Common Sense

23
89 35
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Sundar added Enthusiastic Sundar Natarajan

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121 28
Clean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Clean

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45 4
Diligent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
CharlotteChadwick added Diligent

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41 4
Listens Well is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Listens Well

27
85 48
Well Groomed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Well Groomed

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45 9
Competence is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Competence

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99 32
Happy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Happy

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77 47
Social is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Social

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27 3
Customer Friendly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
ColinBoddy added Customer Friendly

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41 10
Nice Person (not Mean or Bitch... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
serifs added Nice Person (not Mean or Bitchy)

33
55 9
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

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103 22
Speaks Clearly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Speaks Clearly

35
83 39
Leader is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Leader

36
79 38
Fiscally Responsible is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Fiscally Responsible

37
80 41
Doesn't Complain is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Doesn't Complain

38
32 7
Character is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee

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49 16
Clean is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
jets2008 added Clean

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32 5
Professional is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
GustavoMelo added Professional

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85 30
Inventive is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Inventive

42
72 28
Strategic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Strategic

43
21 11
Walk His/Her Talk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Walk His/Her Talk

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20 11
Project Manager is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee

45
56 54
Competitive is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
Competitive

46
36 28
Brave is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
jets2008 added Brave

47
15 29
Thrifty is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
jets2008 added Thrifty

48
23 41
Politically Conservative is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
ravi2 added Politically Conservative

49
15 32
Politically Liberal is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
ravi2 added Politically Liberal

50
5 22
Hung is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Qualities in an Employee
GilLerat added Hung