It may seem as if skills and experience are the most important characteristics of an employee; but attitude plays just as big of a role.
Here are five attitudes that are important in the workplace;
Respect for Others
Respect in the workplace doesn’t solely extend to the way employees interact with management. People who have self-respect don’t do managers’ biding no matter what; they think for themselves and present alternative ideas at times, but respectfully. Employees should also have a respectful attitude when interacting with clients and customers as well as co-workers. Those with this type of attitude are willing to treat other people politely and professionally; even if they disagree with the other person’s point of view.
Infectious Enthusiasm About Life
Someone who is enthusiastic about life in general radiates a positive energy that rubs off on everyone around her. She dives into every project with interest, eagerly learns new skills and ideas and quickly applies them to her work. Some people are born with positive energy, but it can also be developed. Teach your staff to approach every situation, positive or negative, as a challenge and an opportunity.
Commitment to the Job
Small businesses need employees who are not only committed to the goals and initiatives that affect the bottom line, but who also are committed to their particular positions. Employees project a committed attitude by showing a willingness to do whatever it takes to fulfill the duties of their positions and via the development of new ideas to make the company even better. When committed individuals work together as a team towards company goals, everyone benefits.
Innovative Ideas and Finding New Ways
Employees with an innovative attitude don’t shy away from trying something new or finding a different way to do things. Small businesses need employees who can think outside of the box and innovate new ways to accomplish existing tasks and approach goals. Employees with this type of attitude know their ideas might not work out to be the best way to do something, but that the biggest failure is not at least giving new ideas a shot.
Helpfulness with Others
It is important to have a helpful attitude at work, whether that means assisting clients and customers with their needs or helping co-workers accomplish overall company goals. The more helpful an attitude employees have, the more people want to be around them at work and the more willing they are to partner with those employees on key projects and initiatives.
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Culled from: Chron.