Extraordinary Employee Habits
It is a constant battle for organizations to sustain sales growth, profitability, cost containment, and market share. Extraordinary employee habits can take your business from good to great. Employees power the organization and great habits make it possible.
Employers need extraordinary employees. Employers who focus on hiring individuals and cultivating cultures that contain the following exceptional employee habits will see outstanding business results. Individuals who develop these habits will be top producers in the field and will grow both personally and within the organization.
Developing Extraordinary Employee Habits is not easy. Employers spend millions of dollars every year looking for ways to boost productivity, do things better, or find new techniques to compete in the market.
An Extraordinary Employee Works for Results, Not Time
Extraordinary employees don’t work for the time; they work to add value to the organization. They understand the job expectations and continually make an impact, striving to not only meet expectations but to exceed them. These employees work to make a difference for their employer and their customers.
They Make Things Happen
Knows the Score
Job performance, knowing how they impact the organization, other team members, and their customers. They define key performance indicators for their job, track performance, and set goals and action plans to make improvements. They care about how well the company is performing and strive to do everything they can to improve the business. They understand the “big picture” of what matters in an organization, learn their part in this effort, and move forward, making it happen. Annually, quarterly, and monthly, employees set objectives that are aligned to support business strategy within their departments. They know the score for the business, their department, and for themselves.
Extraordinary Employees are Focused, Organized, and Efficient
Shows up Big – Is Engaged and Motivated. Some employees are motivated as long as a supervisor is present; there is a new incentive carrot, a threat of punishment, or something in it for them. Extraordinary employees are self-motivated without external influence. They love their job, care about the company’s success, are committed, and go the extra mile because they care. It’s not just what they want, and it’s who they are. These employees don’t just go through the motions; they show up big, actively making a difference with passion and enthusiasm. They volunteer for assignments, offer suggestions, develop new improvements, perform extra tasks without being asked, and always give 110% effort.
Selfless Team Player & Service-Oriented
Besides being a team player, extraordinary employees know their customers, internally and externally. They are relentless in making sure they understand what’s important to them and meet or exceed expectations. They make realistic commitments and ensure they return calls and emails promptly, always following through doing what is right for their customers and the team.
Stays Knowledgeable and Trained
Exceptional employees dive in asking questions, seeking training, and develop the skills and knowledge needed for the job, on their own. These employees take ownership of keeping their knowledge, skills, and abilities state-of-the-art. They read articles related to their job, take courses to improve their skills, ask for increased work experience, and actively increase their value and skills for the organization.
Solves Problems and Continually Improves
Choosing to be an extraordinary employee is within reach of everyone. It is more about choosing your attitude and how you react to life than it is about skills and abilities. Compare your attitudes against each of the topics discussed in this article. Resolve today to live and act as an extraordinary employee. Define specific objectives, plans, and actions needed to improve how you show up at work and in life in general. In today’s market, organizations select and keep only their top-performing employees. Extraordinary employee habits in these key areas will not only make you one of the elite but will help your organization grow and thrive.
Author: Ken Spencer, President and CEO