Employee of the Year – Do you deserve the Award?

Attributes, characteristics, skills, it’s easy to check the boxes, think we are the best employee ever, and be safe in the knowledge that we all are the following:

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  • Trustworthy
  • Team Player
  • Honest
  • Respectful
  • Strong work ethic
  • Flexible
  • Knowledgeable
  • Great Communicator
  • Reliable
  • Personable
  • Intelligent
  • Enthusiastic
  • Responsible

OK, so we know some of the attributes that employers look for when hiring a new employee. However, besides the above attributes, and relevant qualifications and experience, how can you ensure that you have been a great employee in 2012, and can be in 2013? And more importantly, WHY should you be the best employee that you can be?

Here are 5 reasons to be the best employee that you can be:

1. Love your Job

Really really love your job, or at least, feel motivated to go to work every day and do your job to the very best of your ability. If you don’t love what you do, the body sends out all the wrong signals. You begin by disliking people you work with. You begin disliking certain tasks. This manifests into feeling pressurised, underpaid, overworked, or victimised. Work will become increasingly stressful, and you end up sick. You are out sick, your employer is down an employee, your colleagues have increased workload, your family suffers. You become unreliable, undependable, irresponsible – all the things that you probably are not. But your behaviour can be perceived as your character, and that is damaging to your self esteem, affecting your self-belief and self-confidence.

In these challenging times, it is hard to be “fussy” about what job offer you accept, or financial constraints may keep you in a job through fear. There is a great saying: “If you do not like something, change it. If you cannot change it, change how you feel about it.” Attitude is everything, and if you endeavour to have a positive attitude about your work, this will have a positive effect on your experiences at work, whether with tasks, people or circumstances.

2. Exceed Expectations

In business, they say “Under promise ~ over deliver”. It is to do with being seen as doing beyond what you are contracted to do, or providing a service beyond the remit of the agreed services.

As an employee, you need to be as concerned about the survival of your employer’s business as they are. You are essentially a part of a bigger picture. Consider the Gestalt concept “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” As a team player, what you do individually affects the outcome for the team/project. If you do not play well, the outcome will be different to a well played part. You are not unseen in a team. There is no “I” in TEAM and by exceeding expectations, you are responsible for driving that project forward. Even if you are not individually recognised for your part, you know that your input had a positive effect on the final output, and this will help encourage others to contribute also. You become a leader from within, and an influencer.

3. Self Discipline

Be impeccable with your word – one of the “Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. Do not engage in office gossip, bad mouth a colleague or boss, or condone such behaviour. This is your chance to lead by example, reduce the damage of gossip, and instill integrity in your workplace. Think about some derogatory things said about a colleague in your workplace. What knock-on effects did this have? Because of someone’s behaviour, a colleague may have been branded, or simply because of someone’s bad mouthing, may have been isolated.

Also by being impeccable with your words, you are not disregarding yourself either. You are asserting your self worth, and will be positively regarded by your peers. If it seems some think you are being “aloof”, it is their own lack of self-esteem that does not allow them to regard you, and will need to criticise you to help themselves feel better.

4. Be Healthy

Maintain your physical health to maintain your mental health. Avoiding sick days from stress, burn out, and constant infections will ensure you are not only at your best at work, but you are not enforcing extra work for others by being “out sick”. This relates to loving what you do. If you do not like your job or the people you work with, after some time your subconscious makes you sick to avoid work. This has a negative impact on all concerned. Those who “brave” it come out the worse for wear. Those who ignore it, damage their mental wellbeing, and invariably end up being seriously ill.

5. Inspire others

Are you keeping great ideas to yourself? So you alone can glow in the shower of admiration from above? How do you think that impacts on your colleagues or team? Do you think you will portray yourself as a team player, a leader on your thinking, willing to plan and enact a plan together? By holding back ideas, because you fear someone else will take them, you are experiencing a sense of “scarcity”. By being generous, you are experiencing “abundance”. By being generous with your ideas, you will inspire and empower others to share without fear.

Are you keeping praise to yourself? Just in case a colleagues gets some fancy idea about themselves? Are a few words of praise that damaging to your own sense of self-worth? Will they feel more important than you? Will you feel less important than them? Praising another is praising self, just like loving another is loving self. Be generous with your kind words, you may just make someone’s day!

Are you keeping successes to yourself? Are you afraid to share your successes? You don’t want to seem big headed or cocky? By sharing successes, you are embracing the concept of abundance, that there is enough of everything for everybody. We know this to be the case, but some people need to hang on to what they have for fear of losing it. If you fear something, is it bound to happen? Be generous with your successes. Allow yourself the “feelgood factor”. Share this and you will inspire others.

Be True to Yourself!

By being true to yourself, you are being true to your career, your boss, your colleagues and all the other aspects of your life.  Look after yourself in 2013, and you will not only survive all challenges ahead, but you will thrive.

Congratulations on earning the “Employee of the Year” Award. You know that you deserve it. You also know that you are unique, just like everyone else!