By Charlotte Heath | March 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

What makes a ‘good’ employee?

What skills and characteristics make a good employee?

There are three separate type of skills, soft, technical, and hard.

Soft skills include social experience, personality, communication skills and an employee’s approach to work.

Hard skills are skills that can be learned and measured. Such skills can serve as an asset to a company.

Technical skills are the abilities and knowledge needed to perform specific tasks.

Here are 10 top skills and characteristics that make a ‘good’ employee:

A good employee goes above just knowing how to do their job.

Such skills include:
  • Professionalism

Being polite, well-spoken, and presentable.

  • Honesty and integrity

Being open and honest about things such as workload, work/life balance or difficulty with colleagues.

  • Problem-solving abilities

Employees who try to the best of their ability to solve problems.

  • Ambitious

When employees have a clear goals.

  • Dependability, reliability, and responsibility

Employees who take responsibility for their actions, are dependable and don’t let their other team members down.

  • Positive attitude

Employees who bring positivity to the workplace and have a positive impact on those around them.

  • Emotional intelligence

Being mindful of your own emotions, as well as those in the team.

  • Teamwork

The ability to work with other people in a team, building relationships in a professional manner, in order to achieve a common goal.

  • Willingness to learn

Open minded to new ideas and sharing them openly with the team.

  • Creativity

Creativity is a skill that can be learned through imagination and practice.


When searching for the best fit for your company, the team at Simple Recruitment search through this list and are able to find someone who doesn’t just fit into your company but someone who challenges the bottom line for the better.

Albeit a very subjective subject, what is good for one isn’t necessarily good for another. The company Indeed talks about the importance of building good employee characteristics. They state that “developing traits that are typical of good employees may help you make a favourable impression on your employer. It can also help you develop and maintain positive relationships with your co-workers since they’ll come to recognise you as a reliable team member”.


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