When you think about what makes you a good employee, you may list off qualities like being on time, staying off of social media when you should be working, and never taking other peoples’ food out of the company fridge.
While these are definitely all positive habits and traits to have, it goes well beyond that. As it turns out, your beliefs can also make you a great employee.
As for how and why this is the case, please consider the following examples:
First, Let’s Think About Your Boss
If you need more proof that your beliefs influence your work, think about your boss for a minute. If he or she is running the company like a tight-knit, micromanaged machine, you are probably way less inspired to be creative and come up with ideas on your own. But if you have a boss who believes that everyone’s opinion matters and welcomes new ideas, even if they are not the same as theirs, you feel encouraged to work harder, create better products and do better overall in your job.
An Ethical Employee is a Solid Employee
Now that you have a good understanding of how and why your beliefs make you a better employee, let’s revisit the examples at the beginning of this article. Why do you feel it is important to be punctual, focus on your work and not walk off with Larry’s amazing leftover lasagna? Simply put, it’s because you have a strong sense of ethics and morals that prevents you from stealing time and tangible goods. Many of the seemingly simple habits of great employees boil down to solid beliefs that inspire them to act in certain ways—in this case, it’s being honest and hardworking.
Passion and Excitement Go a Long Way Too
Employees who are genuinely passionate and excited about what they are doing in their jobs are also more likely to be great workers. If you have ever spent your workdays with co-workers who are figuratively phoning it in and don’t care a bit about what they are doing or selling, you have seen firsthand how these attitudes make for a crummy employee. On the flip side, if you really like what you are doing and believe in what the company is all about, you will be a solid employee. This is true whether you are working full time for a company or doing a side hustle to help bring in some extra money.
For instance, if you work in sales, believing in the products you sell will naturally make you a better salesperson. If you feel like you could use some practice in this area, consider partnering with a company like Amway; if you have questions about how Amway works, start by watching a YouTube video that explains how you can set up your own business that you can run on your own time.
Be a Good Listener
Another solid trait in great employees is the ability to be an active listener. You believe that what others are saying is important—whether it’s your boss, your coworker or a customer—and so you focus on what they are saying instead of spacing out and barely paying attention. Employees who listen well are also quite adept at developing and maintaining good relationships and building trust, which definitely make you a better worker.
What You Think Helps Impact What You Do
As you can see, your core beliefs can make or break you as an employee. Those with questionable ethics and who are lazy and uninterested in their work will never do as well as people like you, who are motivated, honest and passionate about your work.
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