Great employees tend to be dependable, proactive, reliable, diligent, great leaders and even great followers. They typically possess a wide range of easily-defined (but hard to find) qualities. The ‘next level’ for such employees, is for them to become REMARKABLE. But what makes a great employee, ‘remarkable’? Here are a six possible factors:
- They look to get the job done, even it requires them to do things that are outside the scope of their job description. Remarkable employees tend to know without being told that there’s actually a problem, and jump in without being asked (even if it’s not their job). This is particularly important in small companies that need employees who can think on their feet, adapt quickly to shifting priorities, and do whatever it takes, regardless of role or position, to get things done.
- Eccentricity – remarkable employees are often a little different: quirky, sometimes irreverent, even delighted to be unusual. They may seem slightly odd, but in a really good way. Unusual personalities shake things up, make work more fun and interesting, and transform a plain-vanilla group into a team with flair and flavor.
- They fit seamlessly into the team – Remarkable employees know when to play around and when to be serious; they know when to be irreverent and when to conform; when to challenge and when to back off. It’s a tough balance to strike, but a rare few can walk that fine line with ease.
- They recognize the contributions of others – they happily give peer-level recognition, especially in group settings where the impact of their words is even greater.
- They know what issues should be handled in private – companies do typically want their employees to bring issues forward, but undoubtedly some problems are better handled in private. Whereas some employees like to raise uncomfortable/controversial topics in a public setting (e.g. an office meeting), remarkable employees see their manager/supervisor before or after a meeting to discuss a sensitive matter, knowing and understanding that raising it in a group setting could set off a firestorm.
- They speak when others won’t, or are afraid to – Some employees are hesitant to speak up in meetings. Some are even hesitant to speak up privately. A remarkable employee will speak up.