Good Qualities and 3 Traits to fit: A Business Owner Should Look for in the Right Employees

Kristian Zara

Content Writer at Elite Coaching | Jun 2022

Looking for the right employees?

Businesses, and not only, depend mostly on the level of the people they hire. This means that employees are those who build good or bad teams that effect substantially the outcome of the work commitment.

On the other article we have stated out what is commitment to work and the importance that this skill has for the long-term and success of a business. To this one, we will go through the qualities that the employees should have and how should the employer evaluate they fit the right traits of a good employee.

Finding and keeping the right employees can be one of the most challenging aspects of building a successful business. Hiring good people is hard, and making them stay for long is even harder. However, in this case, there are business coaches that have the knowledge and experience to help you through this process and/or build a team of employees you’re seeking for your business. In the same way you may ask from your employees to develop their skills, as business owner you must do the same. You too, must develop the skill that helps you to define which qualities make up a good employee and adopt the 4 traits method to evaluate those qualities are meet in reality.

Let’s look how you can detect the right employees by looking at their qualities first.

1. Cooperation – Teamwork

Cooperation is a quality that consists of a mixture of communication skills, tolerance and dedication. These harmonized skills and professionally patched together in a single quality make the team member to be positive addition to the work group.

Good team prayers are:

• Flexible with changes
• Committed to their own success and the success of their teams
• Reliable and responsible
• Strong problem-solving
• Adaptive to different roles, including here leadership role when needed

2. Communication skills

Strong commination skills benefit the employees and the business too. Highly developed interpersonal skills ensure that communication and interaction between people are positive and effective. These aspects often determine the level of the outcome a project has, for instance. There are times when employees lack of communication skills results in project failure.

A good communication often demonstrates the following traits:

• A high level of professionalism
• An open-minded approach to conversation, issues and new ideas
• Overall respect for others’ knowledge and thoroughly arguing of personal knowledge
• The ability to interpret nonverbal communication patterns

A strong communicator is able to listen others. He/she makes sure, by involving an active listening, that the other is saying and responding appropriately.

3. Dedication

Dedication includes strong sense of support, belonging and loyalty in an employee. This also brings development of commitment in to the employees’ professional progress. Committed employees are often those who push the success of a business or project.

Dedicated employee, have the following traits:

• Passion for the work
• Positive attitude toward the job in general
• Punctuality for all work-related events
• Flexibility when assigned work tasks

4. Reliability

Reliability is very important for the employees to have. It is a significant factor that indicates that the job will get done and it will get done well. Employees that show reliability are often the trusted ones. This is something very valuable in the workplace and for the continuity of the business because it means that each employee can finish the tasks without the need of supervision.


A reliable employee shows:


• High interest to work-related events
• Coming to work on time
• Meeting the deadlines
• Producing high-quality outcome
• Taking on significant responsibilities
• Willingness to taking initiative when needed

5. Self-awareness

Self-aware employees understand their own strength and weakness. They are able to recognize when to ask for help or feedback on the work, and strive to improve continuously. Strong self-aware employees are those who tend to reflect on skills gained since the beginning of the position and who strive to develop professional skills on the go.

Self-awareness includes the following:

• Strong emotional intelligence and internal peacefulness
• Understanding their own role and that of the team
• Asking for and opened to learn from all sources

6. Integrity

Integrity comes through a both-sided relationship approach. Employees who feel trusted and valued often tend to trust their employers too. This approach results in employees released from stressful situations that impact their performance at work, and employers focused on other aspects of the business rather than losing sights in checking their employees’ level of commitment to work.

Integrity means also trust between employees within the work team they build. For example, with high level of integrity, employees come to trust one-another to be honest with the accomplishment of a project. In this way can be developed ore easily team strategies that lead to success within the department. This results to company’s success as a whole.


What to look on the employee that show integrity?


• Honesty about the progress of the work, issues and results
• Ethical in all business practices
• Awareness of the core values and demonstration of them regularly
• Decision making based on integrity and honesty

3 Traits to Consider, as an Employer, if your employees fulfill in order to assist and evaluate they really own the good employee qualities.

1. Collaborative
When you hire people, one of the things you should watch out is the level of collaboration and willingness to become part of a team. You can either do this through checking the historical background by placing related questions to the employee, or by assigning bits of tasks that can show up about the cooperative aspect of the employee. When you ask a new hire to do something, do they come back with “no” or “I can’t or won’t do that” in your perfectly reasonable request?

If an employee frequently argues with you, or constantly tries to find reasons why something can’t or won’t be done, this is a red flag. As a business owner, it’s best to surround yourself with people who possess a positive, can-do attitude. This doesn’t mean that employees must know how to do everything. If they don’t know how to do something instead of saying “yes,” and doing it wrong or not do it behind your back, they should say, “I don’t know how to do that, but I’d be happy to learn if you can show me how.”

2. Don’t take the resume merely as it shows, look behind it
The resume stands as first meeting with an employee, and business owners have mixed opinions about resumes. We recommend to not hire based on resume alone as this doesn’t work out always. As you interview, is important to consider this: Will this individual fit the company culture? Can you imagine working alongside him or her? What’s hi/her positioning on team or group work?

Hiring people is a skill not a just a decision to fill the gap within the business. Hiring someone only because they look good on paper can be a huge mistake. So, we say focus also to the personality of the person sitting in front of you.

3. Hire as well based on their complimentary skillset
In case when you have a little number of employees and you know that the business needs a larger number but you can’t afford it, is better to look for people with complementary skillsets. The idea is to hire people with different strengths so they complete each other’s weaknesses, especially when you’re first starting out. In addition, people with complimentary skillset can also develop leadership qualities.