5 Best Employees You Need On Your Business Team
Most of us have a good personal conception of what constitutes a “good employee.” These are employees you’ve hired who show up to work, every day, on time, and do their job to the best of their ability.
They don’t waste time, they don’t complain and they contribute positively to your work environment, no matter what level your business may presently be, they are not so perfect; but they are rare.
I call these 5 Best Employees You Need On Your Business Team to grow your business organization. [How To Lead A Team Of Leaders]
There are hundreds of types of employees, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Still, there are certain types of employees that perform better than others— improving the productivity of the entire organization instead of merely performing their own responsibilities as efficiently as possible. These are employees who, either directly or indirectly, facilitate a stronger environment, which makes your entire team better:
1. The Positive Agent. The positive agent doesn’t work much differently from any other employee, but he/she carries a positive attitude no matter what happens. The positive agent shows up with a wide smile, gets to work quickly and doesn’t sweat it when little things go wrong.
Even during catastrophic failures or moments of crisis, the positive agents remains calm and optimistic, never letting negativity get the better of him/her. A handful of positive agents on your team can cultivate and maintain a positive attitude for all your employees.
2. The instigator. The instigator is an employee who believes in the company and is passionate about what he/she does. This type of employee doesn’t show up because a paycheck demands it. Instead, this employee is motivated by his/her own desires and interests.
The instigator isn’t tied to a system of assignment and execution like most employees—instead of needing constant direction or suggestion, the instigator will invent his/her own projects, and take initiative to present new ideas for possible execution.
3. The Voice. The voice is the employee who isn’t afraid to express his/her opinion. Sometimes these opinions are extremely positive and sometimes these opinions are negative, but they’re always honest. The voice is an essential player on your team because you can always count on him/her to give you honest, direct feedback and ideas from an outside perspective.
4. The Goal-Getter. The goal-getter is a highly motivated individual who thrives on challenges, and loves the chance to achieve an individual or collective goal, due his/her tenacious attitude. They often thrive in sales or marketing environments, where high-stakes sales quotas or deadlines can motivate them to do their best.
The goal-getter is enthralled by any task (big or small), and will often rally his/her other team members to get similarly excited. The goal-getter doesn’t always meet goals more often than his/her counterparts, but he/she always drives more encouragement and more excitement in the workplace.
5. The Backup. The backup doesn’t feel confined to his/her own workspace, and isn’t afraid to get his/her hands dirty. In fact, the backup will actually go out of his/her way to help other people in your organization, even if they work in another department.
This is because the backup has a strong sense of teamwork and camaraderie, and would rather take on a few extra tasks from another team member than to see that team member overloaded. The backup will inspire your employees to help one another when in need, even when doing so requires them to step out of their comfort zone.
If you don’t already have employees who embody these traits in your team, get some as soon as possible. These team-inspiring traits are indispensable, as they not only improve performance on an individual level, they also build a sense of camaraderie and positivity as a group.