How To Be A Great Employee


Some of us love our jobs, some of us don’t.

Most of us fall somewhere in between. You may jump out of bed in the morning full of excitement, or you might crawl back under the covers.

  • However you feel, it is what happens when you arrive at work that is important.
  • So what kind of employee are you?
  • Do you arrive on time, work hard all day and work overtime when requested?

Or do you get there late, do as little work as possible, and go home early?

If you want to feel better about yourself, and please your boss at the same time, it is wise to get your work attitude into shape, and be the best that you can be.

So whether you are a teacher inspiring his students, or an office worker balancing the accounts, here are some ways in which you can become a better employee.


Be Diligent

Quite simply, don’t be a slacker. Arrive at work early to avoid problems on the road. Whatever the tasks are ahead of you each day, work hard at them. It can be easy to procrastinate at work or cut corners to save time. Don’t. Do what you have to do and do it well. At least you will get the satisfaction of a job well done.


Be Professional

If you are a banker, it would be highly inappropriate for you to dress like a clown. It would be worse if you acted like one too. So dress smartly, according to your job role. Treat colleagues and clients alike with respect, even if you don’t like them very much.


Be Teachable

The more skilled we are, the better we are at our jobs. So if your boss offers you extra training, take it. If you see an area to improve your career development, take an online course like a masters in school counseling programs, for those of you in education.


Be Positive

You may be having a hard day, things may not be going very well at home, or the commute to work was awful. Despite circumstances, try and come into work with a positive attitude.

Walking in with shoulders slumped, muttering to yourself as you sit at your desk, is not going to be helpful for anybody. Neither is slamming the door behind you and venting your anger at another colleague.

If you can keep your head under pressure, you will inspire others to do the same.


Be a Team Player

If you work in a team, don’t be a lone ranger and do your own thing. Talk to your colleagues, share ideas and help when they are struggling. Listen to what they have to say too.


Be Good to Your Boss

If you want to keep your job, this is possibly the most important point of all and covers everything said so far. Be respectful of your boss, even if you don’t like him. If he gives you constructive criticism, take it with humility. If you have a problem, tell them, but do it kindly.

What are you doing to be a better employee?  Share your thoughts and comments below.


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