A team member does not have to have a high profile to make strong contributions and value to their organization. There are many ways that a team member can make extraordinary contributions. The great tragedy is that some top team members will not get the recognition or acclaim that they deserve. The big question is why? We have many types of reward system and awards that are designed to recognize contributors. What if an employer or organization is not looking for the high value traits in its associates?
Kevin Daum contributed an article to Business Insider entitled, 35 habits that will make you irreplaceable at work. He listed these traits for their probability to contribute to the return on investment (ROI) of the organization and can be easily observed. Kevin suggests that, if you are a team member, strive to make each of these a habit and if you are a team leader, appreciate and reward these behaviors. I believe that all of the traits have value, but ten (10) of them resonated with me. However, you can read the original article here.
1. They don’t wait to be asked. Many employers are accustomed to just telling people what to do. Team members create value when they anticipate what is needed and get it done without any prompting.
2. They plan the work and work the plan. Haphazard thinking and action usually delivers mediocre results. Team members create value when they add effective structure and drive the team forward with efficiency.
3. They view the path five steps ahead. Many workers can barely see the tasks right in front of their face. Team members create value when they are looking out beyond step one and two. Often they will solve issues before they even come close to occurring.
4. They create a circle of influence. A growing company needs leaders. Team members create value when they can inspire others to make things happen both internally and externally.
5. They work ahead of the curve. The future is always moving closer, and signs of what’s to come are always present. Team members create value when they are future curious and consider what’s to come in their actions and thinking.
6. They proactively and effectively communicate. Being ambiguous or leaving people hanging contributes to a frustrating work environment. Team members create value when they instigate consistent and complete communication that keeps everyone informed.
7. They are problem solvers, not whiners. Constant complaining runs rampant in the business world. Team members create value when they brush aside the complaints and help people focus on the resolution.
8. They resolve unhealthy conflict. The workplace is stressful, and often people channel that stress onto others. Team members create value when they can diffuse tense situations and help people return to civility.
9. They don’t just do, they teach. Companies need people who can help others grow. Team members create value when they improve the work force and delegate, giving others the opportunity to gain proficiency and confidence.
10. They manage obstacles as if they were opportunities. Bumps in the road are bound to happen. Team members create value when they take on those issues with positivity and excitement.
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