What makes an employee great?

I’ve been wondering about the title question for awhile.  It’s easy to say that a great employee is one who is engaged in the work and brings some good qualities to the table… but what about the ways to help them become that person?

Everyone is different.  That’s a good thing – we all have different talents and skills, different perspectives that can help our CU to do well.  But that makes it challenging to identify the ways to help individual employees succeed.  There’s no one-size-fits-all solution.  I’ve long thought that having a workplace that invites one’s passions in would be a good thing.  But what exactly does that look like?  How does one go about doing that?

I’ve got some ideas… It may mean focusing attention on a few colleagues at first (like the perpetually awesome Tina K Hall did for the Next Top CU Executive).  It may mean trying some new things in the corporate world or adjusting practices that make large companies like Google a great place to work, and fitting it to Verity’s scale.  Basically, I am on a mission.  It’s not just a mission, but really an adventure that includes anyone who wants to come along.

What I long to create – an inclusive environment that celebrates our differences.  I want an environment where we have opportunities to learn new things, have fun, and grow together.  This is a tough time in the world, but that doesn’t mean we can’t break down walls and build our internal community in order to better serve the other commuinities of which we are members.  What can we do to inspire greatness?

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2 Responses to What makes an employee great?

  1. Parul says:

    You are speaking my language! If you ever want to chat about ideas, let me know. I am trying to write a book on the end – what makes a good manager 😉

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