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Traits of Valuable Employees September 4, 2007

Posted by sharynheili in Employees.

Labor Day weekend is a good time to reflect on the characteristics that strong employees share, or what makes them valuable to their library or business. An article by Christine Harkness, retired business owner and author of the book, “Don’t Just Stand There, You Have a Business to Run”, listed these traits which she found to be in the strongest employees:

  • Admits to and seeks help with problems
  • Cares about others
  • Communicates and listens
  • Develops a sense of trust among members
  • Gives compliments and support to others
  • Is able to have fun and laugh together
  • Respects the privacy of others
  • Spends time talking and sharing
  • Takes turns with chores and responsibilities
  • Talks with all members equally
  • Inherent sense of right and wrong
  • Respect for others

Do we have some of these, all of these? Are we valuable to our libraries or businesses? Good reminders and food for thought and improvement.

Chrisitne Harkness’ column titled, “Employees Our Most Valuable Resource”, appeared in the Appleton Post Cresent on September 1. She is a counselor with SCORE.

Sharyn Heili



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