100 Terrific Tips to Exceed Employer Expectations

Some of the traits that make a good employee are culturally-specific. This makes it important for teachers to help our students understand positive employee traits in the US. Bring these ideas into your classroom. Talk about them. Are the traits similar to positive traits in your student’s native country? What are positive employee traits there? Which traits does your student feel he/she has?

Here is a list of some of them:

  1. Understand the company’s mission and your role in it.
  2. Think positively.
  3. Display integrity.
  4. Admit mistakes and learn from them.
  5. Develop your full potential.
  6. Take reasonable risks.
  7. Make decisions as if you owned the company.
  8. Present a great first impression.
  9. Know how to sell your ideas.
  10. Ask questions.
  11. Add value to everything you do.
  12. Think like a winner.
  13. Follow through on your commitments.
  14. Believe in yourself.
  15. Conquer your fears.
  16. Leave your comfort zone.
  17. Plan your work.
  18. Be open to new ideas.
  19. Stay focused on the task at hand.
  20. See yourself as creative.
  21. Finish tasks.
  22. Change worry into action.
  23. Manage time wisely.
  24. View challenges as opportunities.
  25. Balance personal and work priorities.
  26. Overcome procrastination.
  27. Work on top priorities.
  28. Be results-oriented.
  29. Control interruptions.
  30. Demonstrate high productivity.
  31. Remember names.
  32. Listen.
  33. Communicate clearly.
  34. Maintain a positive attitude.
  35. Continuously improve your job skills.
  36. Be disciplined.
  37. Project a professional image.
  38. Display self confidence.
  39. Maintain high standards of excellence.
  40. Take pride in doing your job well.
  41. Trust your informed decisions.
  42. Welcome change.
  43. Protect confidences.
  44. Take responsibility for your actions.
  45. Be friendly yet task oriented.
  46. Follow policies and procedures.
  47. Speak positively about your company.
  48. Seek increased responsibilities.
  49. Meet deadlines.
  50. Maintain excellent attendance.
  51. Be a self-starter.
  52. Offer solutions to problems.
  53. Take initiative.
  54. Be punctual.
  55. Respect others.
  56. Contribute to company goals.
  57. Avoid company politics.
  58. Build trust.
  59. Find a mentor.
  60. Build networking relationships.
  61. Anticipate and prepare for problems.
  62. Maintain a sense of humor.
  63. Take credit when you deserve it.
  64. Reward yourself for success.
  65. Control time-wasters.
  66. Assist others.
  67. Do more than is expected.
  68. Improve your technical expertise.
  69. Keep your supervisor informed.
  70. Follow the chain of command.
  71. Be loyal.
  72. Practice common courtesy.
  73. Understand your tasks.
  74. Keep your personal life private.
  75. Accept criticism graciously.
  76. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
  77. Never compromise your integrity.
  78. Take ownership of your work.
  79. Set goals and measure achievements.
  80. Organize yourself and your work space.
  81. Develop good habits.
  82. Resolve conflicts.
  83. Seek advice and feedback.
  84. Be resourceful.
  85. Contribute to the team effort.
  86. Be dependable.
  87. Give others credit.
  88. Understand the value of diversity.
  89. Show enthusiasm.
  90. Be flexible.
  91. Practice proper etiquette.
  92. Control your emotions.
  93. Develop good interpersonal skills.
  94. Ask for help when needed. Reprogram negative thoughts.
  95. Imrpove continuously.
  96. Do it right the first time.
  97. Treat others with respect.
  98. Believe that you make a difference.
  99. Expect to succeed.

(Content gathered from presentation by Nancy Wegge, www.nancywegge.com.)