What Type of Employee Are You?

I saw a great post on Linkedin recently about the four types of employees you find in (almost) every workplace. It’s a great exercise for supervisors to assess their current teams. But I think it’s an exercise that employees could benefit from as well. Here’s how you can determine if you are a star, student, land mine or not yet gone:

Start by asking yourself what you do for your company that contributes to its success. Are your sales numbers off the charts? Are you a master at building client relationships? If you don’t have a clear idea of what your strengths are, ask a close colleague what they think.

Then, evaluate how you fit in. Do you and your colleagues share similar interests? Do you believe in the same core values as your company? Think big picture. You don’t have to be the most popular guy or gal around the water cooler to align with the culture of the company.

Take some time to reflect.

The Good
Star: If your contribution and cultural responses are an emphatic “yes,” you’re likely a shining star. You lead by example, take pride in your work and are an asset to your team.

Student: If your contributions seem minimal but are growing steadily, you’re likely an apt student. A star has probably taken you under their wing and is cultivating your potential. This is a good position to be in. You can only go up from here.

The Bad
Land Mine: You’re a model employee – on paper. You meet your quota but that’s as far as it goes. Your passion – if you ever had it – is gone. You know it; something is missing. If this is the case, you’re in land mine territory. If it’s a temporary rough patch (i.e. a challenging project, personal hardships) you have the potential to jump into bonafide star status. If it’s more than that (i.e. change in company policy, leadership or direction you wholeheartedly don’t agree with) then it may be time to move on to another organization that shares your priorities.

Not Yet Gone: You’re delivering subpar results and time isn’t making it any better. The sad truth is, your employer probably wants to give you the boot but is hoping you resign before a replacement is found. Look inside yourself and find out why you’ve strayed. Maybe you’ve just lost interest in your career. Or, you may feel like an outsider within your organization. There was a reason you were hired in the first place. So let those qualities shine once again with a new employer.

New Hires
If you’re a hiring manager, just because a candidate isn’t a star, doesn’t mean they are unhirable. Think about your company’s needs and don’t rule out a rising star who would make a great addition to the team.

What do you think? Are you a star, student, land mine or not yet gone? Share your comments with us below.

A New Years Resolution Worth Keeping – Work Less, Play More

Every year at this time most of us put together a lengthy list of resolutions, some highly attainable but many far from our reach. Why do we do this? For good reason, we all desire to be and have more, that’s basic human nature. There is one resolution however that I would like to challenge you all to keep – Working Less and Playing More. I know this seems ironic coming from a man who places professionals in technology – one of the most highly competitive and fast-paced fields out there. But I do believe that if you work smarter and set attainable goals, you can make working less a reality. Being in sales, goals are set and met every day. Yet the most successful individuals I have seen in sales, set personal goals to inspire their sales goals. A lot of these goals have nothing to do with the “job.” For one of my clients, it is about taking a day off to have a special outing with her 16-year old daughter. For others it may be  a round of golf, a noon time yoga class, a long lunch with a close friend. What I can assure you is these little gifts to yourself will refuel you and inspire amazing performance. I am going to resolve to work less and play more this year and I look forward to reporting back to you with my success.

I’d love to hear what you inspires you and how you’ve achieved working less and playing more! Share your ideas and thoughts in the comment below.