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The Qualities of a Good Employee  

Michelle Nati
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Anyone who’s looked for a job knows that in most cases they are up against several other hungry people vying for the same spot. Therefore, it’s not only important to stand out from the crowd, it’s important to know what a potential employer looks for in a new hire. What makes a good employee? What are hiring managers and bosses looking for in their staff?

Are you smart? Are you punctual? Do you take criticism well? Are you a team player? Are you eager to learn? All of these are characteristics that catch an employer’s eye as they make their way through the hiring process. And if you’re wondering what else will draw attention to you as you make your way through the business world, look no further than the list we compiled below. These workplace assets will not just help you get hired, but make you a great employee as you progress through the ranks and build your career.

If you're wondering how to be a good employee, take a look at the traits below and see how others have voted. Then, think about what you think makes an employee the best he or she can be and upvote the qualities and traits that are best for professionals in the workplace. Don't see the employee traits you think are most essential? Add them for others to vote on and tell us in the comments what makes these qualities so important!
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Honest is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Honest
2
Respectful is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Respectful
3
Hard working is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Hard working
4
Responsible is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Responsible
5
Ethical is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Ethical
6
Intelligent is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Intelligent
7
Helpful is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Helpful
8
Gives credit where it is due is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Gives credit where it is due
9
Polite is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Polite
10
Open to Constructive Criticism is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Open to Constructive Criticism
11
Conscientious is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Conscientious
12
Team Player is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Team Player
13
Works Well Under Pressure is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Works Well Under Pressure
14
Organized is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Organized
15
Communicator is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Communicator
16
Confident is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Confident
17
Presentable is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Presentable
18
Punctual is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Punctual
19
Passionate is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Passionate
20
Avoids Gossip is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Avoids Gossip
21
Detail Oriented is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Detail Oriented
22
Persistent is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Persistent
23
Ambitious is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Ambitious
24
Upbeat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Upbeat
25
Modest is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Modest