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Funny, friendly, outgoing – it’s easy to think of the personal traits that make you stand out. But what about professional qualities? The assets and traits that help you when starting a new job or when trying to work your way into your boss’s good books.
Multiple professional assets will make you favourable among managers and offer value to their business. From being reliable to having ambition, here are 15 assets that will not only serve you well throughout your career but also benefit the company you work.
Being a good team player can benefit the workplace as it fosters creativity, communication and amicable relationships. It may sound cliché, but teamwork really does make the dream work. It produces greater results as employees contribute individual ideas, solve problems together and work efficiently and productively to get things done. If you can work comfortably and confidently within a team as well as create unity in the workplace, chances are your boss will love you.
Showing enthusiasm and being invested in your role will always be a treasured asset in any workplace. Having a genuine passion for your job can boost personal growth and career advancement. But while it benefits you, it can also heighten the success of the company you work for. When you enjoy your work, you perform better, and thus more likely to produce greater results for the company and your boss.
Bosses benefit from confident employees in numerous ways. They make for good role models in the company and can even contribute to positive brand perception. While confidence ultimately leads to heightened productivity, it also helps one communicate better, make easier decisions and lead tasks with assurance. Having a confident and positive attitude can also help eliminate conflict in the workplace and maintain friendly professional relationships.
Regardless of the industry you work in, the desire to acquire new knowledge and develop your skills will always be a strength in your manager’s eyes. As Ajay Serohi, staff product manager at TESLA Inc. says, employees who ‘are enthusiastic about leading their careers upwards to the next step are a great resource because their journey upwards goes hand in hand with organisational progress.’
Those who possess reliability ‘contribute to the efficiency of any project and consequently, the success of the organisation’, asserts Serohi. Employees who are ready at hand, able to carry off the workload, and that follow instructions can be extremely beneficial in accelerating the flow of productive work, he continues. Whether you demonstrate reliability by taking initiative, or by simply being on time, managers and fellow employees will always see your dependability as a valued trait.
Being confident is one thing, but being self-aware is another, much stronger asset to bring to a company. It means you can conduct a task or manage a project by being level-headed rather than reckless. Josh Pelletier, the chief marketing officer at BarBend, states: ‘Employees who naturally ask themselves, ‘How am I doing at this task? Where am I succeeding? Where can I improve?’ continuously produce work that gets better over time.’ Therefore, they are also more valuable to a company, as they use self-assessment to identify their strengths and weaknesses.
Having grit in your personal life can get you far, but having it in the workplace can probably get you further. This asset helps you work under pressure and manage stress whilst ‘allowing it to motivate you to do a good job’, says Pelletier. If you’re one to handle the heavy workload, champion through strict deadlines or multitask multiple projects at once, your grit will surely help you and the company get far in challenging times.
This is an obvious but incredibly crucial asset to bring to a company. Being able to communicate clearly, cohesively and constructively with colleagues and managers will help maintain harmony in the workplace. It’s also a valued trait if your position involves talking with clients, as you can be friendly and persuasive as well as understanding during a conflict.
Most job positions require some form of experience, but if your knowledge and background are particularly remarkable, then consider it a valued asset. Managers prize employees who have a demonstrated track record of success as it means you can bring the same knowledge and practice to their companies. Even something as small as an internship or apprenticeship can be valuable as it proves that you have invested the time to develop job-specific skills.
Problem-solving is a vital skill for your professional life. No manager wants an employee who dislikes challenges and comes running every time something goes wrong. There will always be situations at work that require resolution and bosses want employees who can execute effective solutions. If you can assess difficult situations and provide reasonable answers, you’re bound to win your way to your boss’s heart.
Being an effective decision-maker in the workplace can benefit you and your organisation. When you’re able to make mindful choices that lead to positive outcomes, work productivity and satisfaction increases. Owning this trait can also help prevent mistakes and risks, save time, and avoid clashing, which ultimately affects the growth potential of the company you work for.
Managers want someone who is committed to their job so that they can help their company grow and develop. They cherish employees who give everything they have to a task, instead of those who are not bothered at all about it. Whether you willingly work overtime, assist colleagues, or put in that extra effort in a project, being dedicated at work is an asset for any company you work for.
Most of the time, you’re at work to fulfil one role and one role only. But occasionally, you may have to take on new responsibilities and adapt to different workloads. If you are one who can easily adjust to changes in the workplace and your job role, it’s guaranteed that managers will appreciate you.
14. Innovative thinking
Creativity in the workplace is now a must-have in any industry. In fact, 82% of executives surveyed by Forrester (PDF) agree that companies benefit from creativity. If you can think outside of the box and produce unique ideas and results for your company (especially in today’s highly competitive landscape), you’ve already established your job security. Innovative thinking can enhance teamwork, increase problem-solving and improve the ability to attract and retain employees and clients.
15. Networking skills
While networking benefits your career advancement, it can also be a valuable tool for the company you work for. If you have the knack of communicating and building contacts, make sure to apply this skill within your organisation. Networking can help you improve your skills, stay updated on industry trends, build relationships with prospective partners and clients, and give you access to other resources that will foster your career and company growth.
Whether you are confident, creative or dedicated to your job, there are clearly several traits that are considered as the strongest assets for the company you work for as well as for your career success.
What other strong assets can you bring to a company? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.
This article is an updated version of an earlier article originally published on 22 September 2015.