jobs 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
265 9
Respectful is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Respectful

3
289 11
Hard working is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Hard working

4
268 10
Responsible is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Responsible

5
261 12
Ethical is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Ethical

6
239 15
Intelligent is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Intelligent

7
239 16
Helpful is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Helpful

8
226 16
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
227 17
Polite is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Polite

10
227 19
Open to Constructive Criticism is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Open to Constructive Criticism

11
211 17
Conscientious is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Conscientious

12
221 22
Team Player is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Team Player

13
185 17
Works Well Under Pressure is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Works Well Under Pressure

14
184 24
Communicator is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Communicator

The Best Qualities in an Employee

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194 28
Organized is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Organized

16
194 28
Confident is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Confident

17
181 27
Presentable is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Presentable

18
185 30
Punctual is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Punctual

19
164 26
Passionate is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Passionate

20
183 34
Avoids Gossip is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Avoids Gossip

21
153 25
Persistent is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Persistent

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22
157 27
Detail Oriented is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Detail Oriented

23
173 34
Ambitious is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Ambitious

24
170 38
Upbeat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Upbeat

25
159 36
Modest is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Modest

26
155 36
Displays Leadership is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Displays Leadership

27
155 37
Action-oriented is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Action-oriented

28
138 29
Successful is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Successful

29
136 33
Curious is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Curious

30
134 40
Requests Feedback is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Requests Feedback

31
106 54
Autonomous is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Autonomous

32
101 55
Marketable is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Marketable

33
89 72
Cultural Fit is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Qualities of a Good Employee
Cultural Fit