6 Best Habits to Become a Successful Employee

For the job-seeker, finding the right job can be a daunting task. However, it’s just as important is to perform the job well once you have it! If you want to hit the ground running at your new job and fly through your probation period with flying colours, here are these six habits you should develop as a successful employee:

Participate in the office culture

The office is a place you spend a lot of time in, so make an effort to get to know you coworkers a little and contribute to the office culture. Developing a good camaraderie with your co-workers can help you work more effectively with them and create a more productive work environment.

Be a problem-solver

It’s certainly important to ask for help when you need it. But running to your manager with every little question can be frustrating to your boss and in many cases, unnecessary. Make an effort to troubleshoot issues on your own to show your employer you’re capable of working independently.

Be a reliable successful employee

It seems simple, but it’s surprising how many employees struggle with the simple prospect of showing up for work each day. Understand that every time you call in sick with a sniffle or are late for work, you put strain on your coworkers.

Be reliable in the quality of work you produce as well. Make it a priority to meet deadlines and follow through with what you say you are going to do. Show your colleagues and employer that they can depend on you!

Proactively communicate and follow up

Today, a lot of correspondence is done over email and can be a highly efficient way to communicate. However, if you aren’t receiving the response you need to move forward with your job, follow with a phone call.

Follow-up and proactive communication skills are often critical to preventing issues and completing tasks in a timely manner.

Strive to be efficient

Be aware of your time-management and how long it takes you to complete your tasks. Keep your cell phone out of sight to reduce distractions and help keep you focused on the work at hand during company time.

For the most time-consuming tasks, try to come up with some ideas to make the process more efficient. Make suggestions to your boss if you think you find a faster or better way to do something.

Be a team-player

Help others with their workload when your own load is lighter. Be flexible and willing to take on work that is different from your day-to-day in order to help out a colleague. Listen to your coworker’s challenges and collaborate with them to find solutions.


Regardless of whether you’re new on the job or a seasoned employee, these six habits can can get you noticed by your employer as  a successful employee. Show the company your dedication to the job, and you will achieve long-term career success. 

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