How To Become a Gold Star Employee

Sep 16, 2014

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Getting Ahead of the Pack

So you just passed inspection and got the job, congratulations!

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But now, the rubber meets the road and you actually have to put those skills you’ve been honing all these years to work. So, how do you set a good standard? How do you get ahead of the pack? Don’t worry. This will help you. Below you’ll find some tools every good employee stashes in their work belt and carries with them everyday.

Some Useful Tools

1. Ambition

Learn what you need to do, then look for things that need to get done. With controlled ambition, an employee can directly influence management in creating more effective ways to accomplish tasks. This attitude also generates a healthy and competitive environment to work in.

2. Consistency

No one likes a flip-flopper. If you say you’ll do something, do it. If you say you’ll be somewhere, be there. When you create good content or do an exceptional job, continue on that path.

3. Fresh Positivity

It’s very easy to fall into a rut within a workplace. Be that fresh face that brings vibrancy to the office. Be careful not to be overzealous and annoying, but be positive and fun to work with.

4. Punctuality

A habit you want to be known for is being on time. This sometimes means being early to meetings, or early in to work or early in getting your assignments turned in. Be punctual and you’ll get ahead of the pack quickly.

5. Goal-oriented mindset

To many new employees are ready to run, but they don’t know where their finish line is. Know what direction you’re heading in before you start your race everyday. Oftentimes, companies with have a vision statement or a mission statement, it would be good to for new workers to familiarize yourself with the big picture so that every task you start has an eventual goal you’re trying to reach.

6. Passion

This doesn’t need too much explanation. Find a way to love what you do. Eventually you’ll need to land in a job you love, but while you are working up the ladder find a way to give all you have to the things you’re asked to do. Even if it’s a ‘lesser’ job in your mind.

7. Leadership

Display leadership. Don’t overstep your bounds, but be willing to step up and speak up. Take control of the projects you’re given while keeping in mind that a good leader knows how to delegate well.

Now, there are hundreds of qualities you need to develop to be a fantastic employee, but these are some of the most urgent ones to get in your tool belt today.

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