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5 Ways to Spot a Truly Exceptional Employee

Exceptional employees are good for business; they are talented, committed and passionate. They want to push your business forward because they know that success for the company they work for means success for themselves. This makes them all that more passionate and all that more committed to your cause.

See Also: How to Handle Difficult Employees

As a business owner, you should know that your company is who you hire, so if you want your business to advance you need to look for exceptional employees. Of course, they are not always easy to come by; you’ll find that, at times, exceptional employees are exceptional from day one. You don’t have to worry too much about them; they just need an office and a computer and they are all set to wow you. Other times, though, exceptional employees need a bit of a push. They need you to show them that you trust them and they need you to hold their hand for a while, but hey if all it takes for your business to advance is a little hand-holding you’ll do it without a second thought, won’t you? To help you out we’ve put together a list that will help you spot exceptional employees. You simply need to be on the lookout for these things:

1. They Are a Bit Weird

As you probably know by now, unusual employees make the best employees. That’s because they have a unique take on the world, and they are not afraid to use that to their advantage.

You’ll find that they come up with great ideas, and they are not afraid to be creative. Your company will reap rewards from their innovative spirit before long.

2. The Appreciate the Need for Balance

Exceptional employees are never out of line; they know which clients to joke with and with which they need to be more formal. They know when to push back and when they need to push forward with a new challenge. They have an eye for how things work and they are aware of the space around them and the people around them. You’ll never see them insult anyone because they understand when they need to be respectful.

Clients will never complain about exceptional employees because exceptional employees know how to understand clients’ needs and how to cater to those needs.

3. They Are Team Players


Team work is essential for any business to move forward, exceptional employees understand that and know that they can’t conquer the world on their own. That’s why they are not afraid to publicly say when team members have done an excellent job and they know how to celebrate success with team members.

4. They Speak Up

Exceptional employees are not afraid to speak up even when it’s to say that you –their boss- is wrong. They have an innate feeling of fairness and they don’t compromise their honesty for anything. They also speak up when it comes to defending other employees even if it’s at the risk of their own job security.

5. They Don't Always Stick to Their Job Description


You’ll find that exceptional employees are not afraid to step out of their comfort zone. If there’s a problem in the company that they believe they can fix, they’ll do it without a second thought, even if it falls outside their jurisdiction.

They are quick to think on their feet, and they take action when it’s most needed.

See Also: 4 Ways to Retain Your Best Employees

Employing exceptional employees can mean success for your company which is why you should do your best to retain them and give them new challenges often.

How do you identify and keep exceptional employees at your company? Share with us in the comment section below.

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