10 Types of Employees You Want on Your Schedule

August 23, 2013 | 4,077 views

Hire the Right People

Hire the Right People

Suppose you own a small business. What kind of employees would you want working for you? What simple traits would you look for in each person to add to your schedule each week? At ScheduleBase, we venture to say chances are you would seek those that would make your business run more smoothly, minimize mistakes, lift morale and increase profits.


Every small business owner has had a special employee come along that has truly delivered for the organization. Just think, this employee probably drove the entire business forward in ways that were unimaginable. And not just for his or her skills and talents, but also because they built up a solid track record of basic, yet vital, hallmarks that distinguished them from the rest of your employees while working underneath you.


If you are trying to grow your small business, especially during its early days, it’s really important to hire the right people and we are giving you a few types of employees you should be looking for when hiring.


The Communicator

Employers love to hire employees who have the ability to communicate well and express themselves in a clear manner, whether in writing or speaking. Good communication is the ability to convey ideas and information utilizing methods easily grasped by customers, co-workers and managers alike. Good communication involves a commitment to “hear” another’s unspoken needs and act upon those indicators in a timely, professional manner.


The Self-Motivator

A self-motivator gets through the day with ease. An employee who is self-motivated will not have to “act” in his or her position throughout the day. A good employee never hesitates and always takes responsibility. This type of employee is always ready to work beyond the call of duty in order to solve a problem, even if the job is outside of his or her regular scope of duties.


The Hard Worker

There is no substitute for hard work. Hard-working employees stay focused on the tasks before them and spend little time chatting with other employees. Their work is consistently of excellent quality, and they look for more work when complete. You will not catch a hard-working employee browsing the latest Facebook updates or setting record numbers of Tweets each morning.


The Adaptive One

Adaptable employees know how to adjust themselves to new environments and are willing to learn new things in order to perform their best in times of change. Adaptive employees are likely to be the best performers in any small business, regardless of industry.


The Team Player

Teamwork is very important in any type of small business. The team player fits into any group of people working towards the same goal, without being confined to a single job description. Doing whatever it takes and helping co-workers when possible is the type of employee you want working for you.


The Helper

The helper works alongside a co-worker or boss to help provide the best solution for a problem. Though many employees feel as though they should only carry out designated tasks privy to his or her own duties, a helpful employee will shine by accomplishing tasks outside of a normal work scope.


The Honest One

An honest employee is vital to making effective workplace changes and is crucial in identifying what a small business really needs. Employees who lie about who they are or about their true intentions end up reinforcing the idea that a staff member can pretend to be someone else in order to get ahead. Without the truth of employees, your small business will lack clarity and goals will be missed because no true direction is ever established within the core of your business.


The Ethical One

Work rules are made to be followed. There is decorum of every place that ought to be kept. A good employee follows the policies of the company and inspires others to do so too, period.


The Creditor

One of the most prevalent practices in small businesses today is stealing the credit of a job well done. A great employee will not only truthfully let the right co-worker have his or her credit, but will also share accolades with the team.


The Polite One

Being friendly and approachable never hurts. A valuable employee greets his or her co-workers and says courteous things like “thank you” and “you’re welcome.” These small words may appear insignificant, but go a long way in establishing this person as a favorite employee.


Nobody wants to employ team members they have to micro-manage. Most small business owners love the idea of hiring someone who takes on responsibility and has many of the qualities we have listed above. Not only is an employee who maintains positive energy, admits mistakes and keeps a core group of co-workers playing with a team mentality a perfect hire, but is also nearly invaluable as he or she usually ends up handling difficult pressure when times get rough and unexpected obstacles arise within your small business.


About ScheduleBase

ScheduleBase is online employee scheduling software from Atlas Business Solutions, the leader in providing employee scheduling software. In little to no time, businesses can schedule employees online and communicate work schedules by email, text message and mobile device. Put your scheduling online and save time and money, while offering your employees easier access to their schedules and an effective communication tool for you and them.

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