Often, we miss out or error in misclassifying good workers; sometimes we let them leave or fail to recognize their true value. Employee retention is a company’s secondary goal.

They like their work. If people like their work, they are comfortable in their environment and willing to perform the necessary tasks to get things done. If they love their work, they will excel and take on challenges to improve their skill set.

They are responsible. Dependability is the number one asset. A good employee is responsible for their work and when asked to get something done, rest assured those tasks are accomplished. One could be the best computer programmer or top-notch surgeon, but if they are late for deadlines or surgeries, they quickly become categorized as bad apples.

They believe in the company.  It is the teenager who takes a job at the local movie theatre, just because it is their favorite place to watch a film. They believe in the theatre, the seating, the popcorn and they become a part of helping the business run. They are also there to help patrons and provide a pleasant movie going experience as well.

They grow. They learn, they give back, making the organization better; they enjoy their time, and they are compensated for their work. Work is a part of the journey. Successful companies are on that journey, and they cultivate, help and compensate good employees on their adventure.

By Dane Flanigan