What Makes a Good Employee?

December 17th, 2014

What makes a good employee? 

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While the response may differ from manager to manager and company, one constant holds true – employers want employees who are dependable, trustworthy, and good at their jobs.

Great employees share certain characteristics and these are the ones that employers seek above and beyond the ability to fill a job description. If you are looking to position yourself as a great employee, make sure you recognize the six valuable characteristics below that employers’ look for when hiring, say our experts.

Employers want employees who demonstrate dependability. Certain core expectations are required for all jobs, but dependability is probably at the top of the list. Employees show dependability by taking personal ownership of all aspects of their job, including being on time, dressing and working in a professional manner, and demonstrating a high level of commitment. Managers like dependable employees because they set and maintain clear expectations.

Employers want employees who are self–motivated. While the role of every manager is to motivate their employees, they appreciate and seek ones that create their own motivation. It makes a huge difference to have an employee that has an inner drive to organize their work versus one who needs constant guidance to perform day to day activities. Employers look for employees that have a level of self–motivation that will not require a high level of “hand-holding,” as well as the ability to tackle the expected obstacles that arise in day to day business.

Employers want employees who provide a positive representation of their brand. Employers seek individuals that will enhance their organization and their brand. They want to recruit people who are trustworthy, have solid reputations – inside and outside of work – and have a good work ethic. Great employees have a strong sense of what is appropriate in the workplace and outside, and they know how to balance the two.

Employers want employees who rise to the occasion. A good employee gets the job done. A great employee gets the job done in spite of everything – including when priorities and schedules shift. They are self–motivated and can problem solve and think on their feet in any staffing situation.

Employers want employees who are team players. No one can achieve “greatness” in an organization completely alone, and remarkable employees know this to be true. They are the consummate team player who can highlight their own successes, as well as praise others for theirs. These employees recognize that success is better achieved through team work, always.

Employers want employees with a positive attitude. Great employees maintain a positive attitude, even during difficult situations. They tackle projects, both big and small, in a straightforward manner. If they have a sensitive issue to discuss, they do so in private. They promote a team spirit and good morale, and they are a pleasure to work with and be around; a trait that is often minimized as an essential job characteristic.

Employee of the Month- December 2014

December 1st, 2014

The Philly Temps Employee of the Month for December 2014 is Ameen Purdie

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No one in our office was surprised when Ameen agreed to be our employee of the month. Ameen is known for always saying yes.

Will you be a server for dinner guests of a five star caterer? Yes. Will you work crowd control at the Convention Center? Yes. Will you work the registration desk in the Exhibit Hall? Yes. Will you be an event guard at a public television station? Yes. Since being referred to Philly Temps by a friend in May of 2013, Ameen has proven himself to be ready, willing and eager to work and he has always been singled out as having done a great job.

Between raising five children and his volunteer work we are not sure where he gets the time do anything, but we are glad that he does. Ameen has told us repeatedly that he loves working with the public. He approaches each assignment as a chance to meet new people.

We would have sat down to interview Ameen about his time with Philly Temps and his temporary work, but he is on an assignment that requires his attention (Also, did we mention that he has 5 kids?) When this assignment ends Ameen will be able to put ‘Zamboni repair’ as a line item on his resume. It is THAT flexibility and open mindedness that helped us to choose Ameen as our Employee of the Month.




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