Having valuable members of a team is an important part of many companies’ success. Employers who are involved heavily with their team whether it is a small business, or a large organisation tend to have a good idea of the employees in which they value and those who are there to fill a gap. So, who are the valuable members of a team, and how can you make sure you are one of them? The general assumption is that the valuable employees are those who work in particular roles which aid the company directly. But, by conducting yourself with in the workplace in a specific way and having the following traits could mean you become a valuable team member to every employer… no matter what job you have!
Buy into the vision:An employee who can see the vision that employers have for the company are essential. If an employee has a belief that the companies vision is achievable and that the company is going to succeed then they are more likely to want to be a part of the success, be more grounded with in their job and to work harder in order to help and be part of the outcome! By having at least one individual in the office who believes in the future of the company, they will have a positive influence on others! Make sure you work for a company where you can see its future and that you have a passion for their success. This makes buying into the vision easier, as you truly to believe that the future is bright!
They go above and beyond their job:Employees who are willing to muck in when needed and to go above and beyond the expectations of their job description are a valuable asset to any company. These individuals are the true gem of the office environment as they are willing to help others and to complete jobs that are not assigned to any specific person without a complaint! By offering to do the little jobs, just to help someone out, you will not only be in favour with your boss, but also with your colleagues. By going that extra mile and making sure you complete every task to the best of your ability you will be sure to be recognised for your hard work.
Which employee is the most valuable team member?
They share information:Many employees feel that having small pieces of information which others do not know puts them at an advantage with in the workplace. These employees are not team players and can be toxic to any work environment. The employees who are willing to share information want to be part of the team, and understand that success comes from working together, not on your own! By sharing, talking and discussing information sometimes simple problems can be solved, as well as building relationships with other people within the company. Withholding information in order to put yourself in a power situation will lead to friction, and negative opinions being formed on the individual.
They demonstrate honesty: Honesty is an integral part of every business. An employer should have the ability to trust their employs with tasks with the expectation that they will be completed to the best of that person’s ability. However, an employee who truly demonstrates honesty will be the go to person when important tasks come around. Ensure you are being honest at all times at work, even if you have made a mistake. This honesty leads to quicker solutions and an increased respect for owning your actions.
They lead: Employees who have the ability to be their own person, air their own opinion when they are faced with a group of people with other views and who are happy to not go along with it because everyone else is, are the people who stand out to employers in the work place. Groupthink is a term used to describe the way a group of people come to a decision with members of the group feeling they cannot air their own view in fear they will be pushed out of the group. It is important to avoid groupthink as this will lead to solutions and new ideas being overlooked. Therefore, standing up and being the leader rather than following the group will allow you to stand out to your employers.
They laugh and have fun: People with in a company who are capable of doing their job, but also having fun makes the work environment a better and more enjoyable place to be. By having the ability to do this you make the office a lighter place to be, people have and increased confidence to talk to you and it makes you more approachable. Employers like having people who have this quality as fun and happy staff leads to increased mood in the office, and therefore higher employee retention. However, it is important that you remember what you are employed to do, and that you are there to work… So, don’t have so much fun you forget to do your job!
These are a few of the qualities that we think are important for an employee to have and which contribute to a valuable team member. What do you think? Are these attributes you have considered when hiring? Do you have these qualities? Which other merits do you think make up a valuable team member! We would love to hear your thoughts!