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Are you a good employee? Consider these five questions

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Last week, we posed five questions that supervisors should answer to determine their effectiveness. This week, we turn the spotlight on employees who don’t necessarily have management duties, although bosses are still invited to join in.

Can you truthfully answer “yes” to these questions?

Are you reliable?

Being on time is part of the battle. Your supervisor and co-workers need to know you’re going to be on time. They also need to know they can count on you to put in a full day and produce the results expected of your position. Everyone needs to know that you care and will pull your weight. Be a model employee.

Are you flexible?

Most of us specialize in one area or another. No one can be expected to know everything that everyone in our offices does. But there will be times when you’re asked to step out of your comfort zone for the benefit of the team. Co-workers get pregnant, become ill or take vacations. If you work for a small business, it’s guaranteed that you’ll need to fill another person’s duties at some point. Be ready.

Are you coachable?

We all face constructive (we hope) criticism sometimes. How well do you accept it? Do you learn from others’ advice or shrink into a corner and pout? No one likes being told their approach isn’t the best way to get the job done. Fortunately, criticism or advice usually comes from a good place and is only being offered to make us better employees. Be willing to accept it.

Are you organized?

Organized workers benefit their company’s bottom lines. Being organized means better workplace efficiency, and it can boost your company’s reputation among customers. It’s one of the few qualities that doesn’t require extra study or some type of certification. Anyone can improve their organizational skills through a little extra effort. Be that person.

Are you honest?

There are no better qualities than honesty and transparency. That applies to all employees and your company as a whole. Honest employees build trust that keeps customers coming back to buy your products or use your services. Honesty is just as important in the office. If you make a mistake, own up to it and see what you can do to make things better. Be an employee who treats an error as a chance for growth.

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