Key Attributes of an Employee

Key Attributes of an Employee

by Cathy Litton



Being persuasive is a valued skill in any workplace and can be utilised in a number of ways depending on which role you are in. It is something that needs to be carefully balanced and an employee that open minded is also equally as important as others ideas needs to be considered.

Time management

Time management is a valuable skill in all areas of life. There is no doubt that people that can manage their time well are usually very successful.  Prospective employers want to know that their employees are able to manage their tasks in a time-efficient manner and are able to prioritise deadlines, even during busy periods.  It is a skill that (if not mastered) can be the difference between a pass and a fail in some circumstances.  By creating and demonstrating effective time-management strategies, you will be able to show employers you are able to prioritise your tasks and achieve your goals before their deadlines.


Employers often look for individuals who are creative thinkers.  Being a creative thinker involves the ability to consider alternative methods of solving problems or achieving objectives.  A creative thinker can look at tasks presented from a different perspective and achieve solutions through a variety of methods. A creative thinker should also be able to communicate well and be willing to share their ideas and upskill their fellow team mates.


Collaborating with co-workers is a key element in any industry and being able to work well with others is a trait that is sought after by all employers. Even if you are more comfortable working on your own, there will be instances where you will have to collaborate on a team project. So being able to adapt your work style to accommodate this is an invaluable skill to learn as you will most likely be working with people who have range of opinions, and who bring their own strengths and weakness to the group. Clever employers will want these complimentary skill sets in the workplace to maximise the strength of a team. 


Industries are always in a state of development and change as systems are continually being improved and processes become more streamlined or automated. A key consideration when looking for an employee is identifying someone who can embrace change. Some workplaces can have constant fluctuation and those employers that can adapt with change should be valued.