We hear a lot these days about great leaders but seldom do we hear a lot about great employees. So let me share with you a few words about great employees.
First of all, great employees not only make great leaders successful but also, they become great leaders themselves. So what are great employees? Great employees get the job done even in the absence of guidance and direction from someone telling them what to do.
Great employees are always on time and never late for work. Being late for work is one of the top problems in the workplace today. Important things happen during the first few minutes of the workday. So is imperative that employees are there so they are on the bus when it departs.
Great employees get their work done on time. There’s nothing worse than a late report, especially when others are depending on the content of the report to get their work done. One late report can cause a domino effect on the entire organization.
Great employees get it right the first time. In order to do this, they confirm the details of the task or assignment before leaving their supervisor’s office. Great employees don’t usually ask for guidance on how to do a job. They do their research and discover the best ways of doing the job and then inform their supervisor. They say to the supervisor, “Unless you direct me otherwise, this is the approach I’m going to take.” The supervisor nods and smiles and says under her breath, “Wow, what a great employee!”
When bringing the supervisor a problem, great employees also bring a recommended solution. The employee is closer to the problem than the supervisor and it has always been said that the best solution comes from a point closest to the problem. Great employees will offer alternative approaches when they have done their research and can show that their approach has more merit. Additionally, great employees will now have “pride of ownership” because the solution is theirs and they will work hardest to make it a success.
There are so many other examples but these are just some of the things great employee do. Are you a great employee?