The Right Staff Part 2
Here are some traits that you should look for in every employee you hire.
Work Ethic: This is actually one of the easiest traits to positively identify in a potential hire, because it will be reflected in their work history and in how they approach the application process itself. A person with great work ethic will complete the application perfectly; they will have an excellent resume and cover letter attached, relevant samples, and their previous employers will have a lot of good things to say about them. During the interview, they will show their preparedness by asking relevant questions and having things to say about their work history.
Positive Attitude: You want your employees to have a positive attitude because, first, positive people are more pleasant to be around and work with, and secondly, positive people will contribute more to the company they work for because they lack the negative, defeatist attitudes that hinder themselves and everyone around them.
Good Communication Skills: The modern working world consists mainly of the collaborative efforts of individuals working together to achieve common aims, making communication skills extremely important. Those who lack communication skills can drag projects down by passing on incomplete or incorrect information, failing to keep in touch with their partners, and creating animosity among coworkers due to their inherently frustrating personalities. Note that not everyone you hire has to be a charming, charismatic person, but they should at the very least be able to communicate their ideas face to face without falling apart.
Stability and Reliability: It seems that our current social environment had bred a contagion of flaky, unreliable people who sometimes decide to change their entire lives at the drop of a hat and become completely unreachable before popping back up again 6 months later having “found themselves”. Whatever the cause of this phenomenon, part of your task is to filter out this sort of chaff so that you can find employees that will stick around long enough to make a real impact.
Character: Although most companies seem to value only the people who get the best results at all costs, the sort of sociopathic environment that this attitude fosters can only harm your business over the long run. Cutthroats are only interested in their own gains, and will gladly sell you down the river to achieve what they want, as many stories that came out of the financial crisis illustrated. Instead, opt for steadfast, dedicated employees who will contribute to your company and earn their take.