How you can be a good employee?

We must have heard and learned a lot about qualities of a good employer. However, have we ever thought of characteristics of a good employee? It is a two way process. Just like the employee is dependent on the organization, so also the latter is interdependent.

Therefore, it is equally important to know the characteristics of good employee. If you are an employee then you should judge yourself on the standards before blaming the employer for all the adverse things such as lack of promotion. You have to ask yourself following questions.

  1. Am I a good employee (as per my own definition)?
  2. Am I honest and true to my work?
  3. Did company suffered any loss due to my intentional fault?
  4. Have I apologized whenever there is any innocent mistake from my part?
  5. Did I point to the employer any wrong doings that in my knowledge are happening in the company?
  6. Am I trying to find other (under the table) sources of income in the company?
  7. Am I suitable for the job for which I am employed?
  8. Can the organization rely on me completely for the work allotted?
  9. Do I have to be chased by the superior every time or am I myself reporting the daily status?
  10.  Am I continuously working on increasing my productivity, knowledge and skills?
  11. Am I training my subordinates properly or just over burdening them?
  12. Am I actually worthy of getting rewards?
  13. Am I properly using my time or just spending the day sitting idle?
  14. Am I able to do justice with organizational goals through my skills?
  15. Is my behavior towards others empathetic and kind or rude and impolite?

There are numerous other questions like the above which one can ask themselves. So, more than the question of morality, it is the examination of logic.

Bhavya Taneja
Bhavya Taneja
Bhavya Taneja is a Practicing Company Secretary, speaker on various academic and non-academic topics and a writer. She has an experience of 8 years as a professional and 5 years as a faculty of Economics. She has authored a book of quotes called 'Crisp Talkings' and is actively involved in social welfare activities as well.

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