Key Qualities Valued by Employers
how do you rate yourself ?
Being a good employee goes beyond being smart and talented. There are so many qualities employers and human resource managers are constantly on a look out for when recruiting a new employee for their organizations.
How do you stack up?
As an employee or an applicant, understanding these unique employee traits can help improve your chances of promotion and success at the workplace. Here are the top qualities valued by employees. Rate yourself on a scale of 1-5. If you get a score of 36 or less, you may want to seek out resources to improve in these key areas.
- Good Communication: Good communication is very important in the workplace. Employees who communicate well are those who listen attentively, understand the message before responding. They also know that inappropriate communication can lead to misunderstanding within and outside the organization. (score__)
- Positive Attitude: Employees with a positive attitude to work do not moan at menial tasks; instead, they accept constructive criticism with a smile on their faces. They have happy behaviors that are contagious and always optimistic about getting their works done on time. (score__)
- Flexible and Adaptable: Employees who are flexible and adaptable are willing to move from one task, setting, or location to the other at ease. They possess the emotional intelligence that helps them adapt to situations at all times. (score__)
- Strives for Excellence: All organizations need employees who strive for excellence. They have the right skill and experience needed to ensure that all members of their teams deliver nothing but outstanding results. (score__)
- Good Work Ethic: In today’s workplace that is filled with so many distractions, finding employees with good work ethics tend to be difficult. However, employees who have the right work ethics know when to block distractions on their jobs. (score__)
- Accepts Responsibility: Great employees are those ready to accept responsibilities for their actions and apologize for their wrongdoings without taking offense. (score__)
- Produces High Quality: Exceptional employees are not just ready to meet target; they also ensure that they deliver an in-depth result with great quality. (score__)
- Produces High Quantity: Good employees are not just after the quality of their projects; they also ensure that they achieve more in terms of quantity. (score__)
- Highly Reliable: Highly reliable Employees are honest people who are willing to admit their mistake, follow instructions, show up to work on time, and stick to deadlines. (score__)
- Eager to learn: Employees who are eager to learn are enthusiastic and ambitious people that strive for success. They build a great working environment that inspires new ideas and ensures that co-workers are engaged. (score__)
- Ability to Problem Solve: Problem-solving skill is one of the great qualities all employees must possess. Employees who possess these skill set goals for themselves, aspire to learn, follow instructions, and work towards producing excellent results only. (score__)
- Takes Initiative Creative: All employees need to be creative and think outside the box when carrying out some task in order to ensure that they achieve great results. (score__)
Employees interested in self-development must be willing to carry out a critical assessment of how well they are performing at work using the qualities employers value. How did you do rating yourself? Were you honest? This will help discover areas you can improve on to increase your chances of promotion and success on the job.
If you are an ADHD Fidgeter, check this article out!
Something about having a fidget toy in my hand while concentrating on important documents at work really helps me stay focused! – Michelle
Ever wondered why paying attention to what the teacher said was such a task back in school? Did you experience aimless thinking, fidgeting with stationeries, hyperactivity, impulsiveness, physical aggression and difficulty concentrating? Were you the usual quintessential characteristics of a troublemaking kid? Did you simultaneously love staying organized and could remember details as if etched in your brain?
Wait! Do these symptoms still describe you as an adult?! These are characteristic symptoms of a mental disorder called ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
According to the reports of The A.D.D. Resource Center, there has been a 42 percent growth in the number of ADHD patients in the past eight years. It is very common disorder affecting over 11% of the U.S population according to NCES and is on the rise. The symptoms can often be classified as characteristics of any one without the disorder and can be a little difficult to diagnose without a professional trained in identifying the severity of symptoms. It has spread its roots further into our society as we become more educated about the condition. As a result, the number of adults facing this disorder is and will keep on increasing.
Apart from the treatments and therapies available, there’s another interesting, handy, pocket-friendly and easy to find option to help you with ADHD, which is fidget toys! Today various kinds of fidget toys can be easily found online and at nearby stores as well. These toys have been designed and created to help adults focus and concentrate better at work and can also be a great deal of help to keep stress at bay.
So, here is a list of ten amazing fidget toys for adults!
- Rubik’s Cube:
- It is proven to better hand-eye coordination
- Improves concentration
- Helps one think faster
- It is clinically proven to sharpen reflexes
- Fidget Spinner:
- Renders instant stress relief
- It is a discreet, handy and compact fidget toy
- It also boosts memory
- Enhances focus and creativity
- Flippy Chain:
- It comes in a portable and handy design
- It is tiny and fits in the pocket
- Apt for silent fidgeting as all adults may like as well as heavy-duty fidgeting
- With the material used for manufacturing, it is a durable fidget toy
- Fidget ball:
- It is compact and handy; the diameter is only around one inch
- An amazing tool for improving the dexterity of your fingers
- Provides a relaxing sensory stimulation
- It also reduces pain
- Fidget Cube:
- It is a great option for providing relief from anxiety
- Also keeps stress at bay
- It’s a combination of various stress-relieving fidgeting tools on different faces
- Apt for rotation, pressing buttons and discing up and down
- Fidget Pen:
- You can simultaneously work and fidget without other employees or co-workers noticing
- Multi fidgeting functions contained in a single package!
- Has detachable and reconfigurable parts
- Looks and works just like a regular pen
7. Infinite Bubble Wrap:
- It is one of the best known stress and anxiety relievers
- Pocket-friendly and satisfying to vent frustration
- Reusable and doesn’t create wastage
- Multi-purpose usage as it also acts as a keychain!
- Edamame Keychain:
- One of the best stress ball toys
- Compact and easily portable
- Serves as both stress- reliever and keychain
- Amazing substitute for stress balls
- Roller Chain:
- Fits best for quiet fidgeting at workplace
- For soft and comfortable fidgeting experience
- Available in various vibrant colour options
- Compact and fits around the top of your finger!
- Tangle Toys:
- It has a sleek therapeutic design, works well for wellness of hand and mind
- Fragments are attached with joints; they can all move and twist individually
- Easy relieving tangling movement
- It strengthens, restores and rehabilitates the finger and hand joints
These were just a few topping the list. There are a lot of other good fidgeting toys for adults available today such as tiny shift lever, begleri beads, magnetic modular pen, tiny sand garden to make patterns, moon drop desk fidget and some not-so-conventional options such as kinetic sand and slime. So, explore and choose the fidget toy that best busts the bubbles of stress hovering around you.
Now, fidget away under that conference table!
Your strength in the workplace and dispelling the myths along your path
When you have ADHD you’ve probably been told to look for a job that will accommodate your ADHD weaknesses.
Over and over, people tell you to become a firefighter, a hairdresser, or join the military. “You’ll do great because these jobs will let you move around a lot. You won’t have to sit still! They’re better for someone who has ADHD.”
There’s nothing at all wrong with these jobs.
But are they REALLY right for YOU?
Many people have found careers they love that are different than those said to be “right” for someone with ADHD. You’re one of a kind. Having ADHD is only one facet to consider when choosing a career. You don’t belong in a box!
One thing I have found with people with ADHD is that they are consistently inconsistent and break the mold in all areas of their life! The unpredictable nature can lead to incredible surprises in their life and careers. Given the right resources and support, people are breaking many myths out there about the perfect job for someone with ADHD.
1. The Myth Of Business Ownership
An example I hear a lot is “All people with ADHD are creative and should own a business.”
Not true! BUT it is entirely possible.
While many ADHDers are great idea generators, they often lack the organizational skills needed to sustain a successful business. Without the structures and systems in place to help run the day to day tasks, you may find it overwhelming to get the business actually started.
I don’t discourage you from turning your big idea into a successful business. You may be creative and a risk taker. Those qualities make you perfect to start a business but be aware you may need help instead of trying to do it alone.
Create the structure in which both you and your business can succeed. Choose your business model wisely and set up the business using all the resources available to you.
A good business coach who helps clients with ADHD can assist you to create systems, processes, tools, and structures that will work WITH your strengths and ADHD qualities, and keep you moving toward your goals.
2. The Myth of Detailed Work
“A job that has a lot of detailed work would not be a good fit for someone with ADHD”
Yes, You Can Do Detailed Work!……that interests you.
Do you ever get so lost in doing something you love that time flies? You don’t hear people who are calling your name, and you even forget to eat.
If you already know you can concentrate for long periods of time on something you find interesting, your ability to hyperfocus can help you excel. So if you love crunching numbers, and you don’t give up until you find the right answer, you might be an excellent mathematician or accountant.
Or your ability to focus and solve technical problems may make the fields of computer science or networking consultant a great fit for you.
Steven who loved the sciences and mathematical problem solving tasks had a hard time focusing in high school with classes he found boring. He had earned poor grades limiting his college choices. So, he decided to enter a community college to learn better study skills before transferring to a four year college. He loaded up his classes with science and math. He needed help with his organizational skills and follow through on the subjects he did not enjoy. The results were nearly straight As. He is now pursuing a medical degree in orthopedics. This requires intense schooling, high concentration levels and precise skills in a fast pace environment. I have full confidence he found his niche!
The ability to hyperfocus on something that interests and stimulates you are strengths that can pay off huge and will provide clues to a rewarding job for you.
3. The Myth of Conquering your Weaknesses to get Hired
Advice given to many ADHDers, “Identify your weaknesses, then work to improve them.”
Ignore that advice!
Instead, develop your strengths and find ways to work around your weaknesses with support and systems in place. Not only will you feel happier, you’ll achieve more by focusing on your strengths.
Albert Einstein displayed many traits of having ADHD. He was forgetful and disorganized. Yet, his ability to focus, to look at problems differently, and to ask creative questions made him one of the most famous scientists in history.
But can you imagine if he’d chosen to focus on his weaknesses instead of his strengths? I’m not sure anyone would be as excited about Einstein the amazing organizer!
So, if you love science but don’t have organizational skills because of your ADHD, you could still be a science super achiever with a good mindset and the right resources in place to support you.
4. The Myth that People with ADHD Don’t Get things Done
Technology can be your best friend!
When a system is in place and a good routine is established, ADHD people can achieve monumental tasks!
People with ADHD often tell me their main goals for self improvement are time management, organization and accountability. Technology has been a tool that many of my clients rely on for day to day tasks. Once they have found a system that works for them, their productivity soars.
An example of what I call a “Champion Todoist” is Joe who worked in the construction field. He was in a supervisory role that required him to answer calls, emails and follow up with paperwork daily. The pace was fast and the information felt like a super highway of “to do lists”. Everyday seemed like he was going to combat to put out fires and delegate commands without getting his to do list completed. Although he felt his ADHD helped him mutl-task, he came home exhausted and feeling defeated. He had a fear that he would lose his job. Through our discussions it was clear that his routine had become reacting to the day rather than responding to it.
He created goals and a system he could follow and put it into actionable steps:
1. Find a time to focus without disruption
2. Find systems for organizing emails
3. Develop a method to respond to demands
4. Prioritize important items
5. Track daily success
Once he was able to step back and brainstorm ideas to help him establish a routine, he could embrace his demands. He felt empowered and in charge of his workflow. His worries subsided and he was able to focus on building his leadership skills. He implemented new ideas with better routines for the entire company that increased overall productivity.
He became a “Champion Todoist”.
5. A Credible Myth: ADHD Can be a Powerful Gift
While ADHD brings a lot of weaknesses, it also brings intense emotions and highly focused areas of interests that I call “The Power of ADHD”.
Simone Biles is the most decorated US gymnast in history. She also has ADHD, and has spoken openly about her diagnosis. As she says, it just means her brain works a little differently. Biles refuses to let ADHD limit her achievements. She engaged her super natural ability to hyperfocus on something and go beyond the norm.
Famous musicians Adam Levine and Justin Timberlake are other people who have gone beyond stereotypes of a person with ADHD. They have learned to harness the out of the box creativity that’s a characteristic of some people with ADHD, and use it to fuel success as a dancer, singer, and songwriter.
When you learn to view your ADHD as a powerful tool, you’ll open up many career possibilities you didn’t know were possible.
So….Ditch Those Myths that are Limiting Beliefs and act on the ones that serve your journey to success.
Everyone has some type of challenge in their life that can hold them back from success. I challenge you to look at your limiting belief from a different perspective: What has this challenge brought into your life that can be used as an asset for developing a career that is meant JUST FOR YOU?
Do NOT skip past careers that you would love, because you believe your ADHD means you can’t do them.
It’s time to ditch limiting beliefs and go for what you want!
Explore The Possibilities
I encourage you to take time and explore what interests you. The websites: O*NET Online and My Next Move have good information on jobs and their future.You can investigate many different job descriptions, skills needed, educational requirements and pay.
Fire up your imagination!
No More Holding Back
Become a success story of someone with ADHD who stopped holding themselves back from a career they loved and just went for it. Learn to use ADHD as a strength instead of feeling ashamed of the diagnosis. See where you go next in your career journey. It will change your life.
It’s exciting when you find a way to break through the barriers you thought limited you from achieving your dream career!
Explore your possibilities and continue to break the mold!
Michelle Raz, M.Ed, is an ADHD Specialist, Board Certified Coach, Career Services Specialist, Author of Happiness + Passion + Purpose, Blogger, Webinar host and owner of Raz Coaching. She is dedicated to helping people work with their unique challenges, find their true passion in life, a career they will love and helping them connect the dots to get there.
Published for Attention Magazine June 2019 @chadd.org