What Great Employees Do Differently

There is a lot of competition in the workforce, not just in finding a job but also for attaining a higher position or raise. Being a good worker is not enough, most employees in a company are good. Great employees possess some special characteristics that differentiate them from the rest. They do things differently and take advantage of opportunities that are presented to them. The following are some of the traits a great employee should have:

  • Takes action: waiting for instructions and only doing what is require is what an average worker does. A great employee will go further, even if it is risky. They go the extra mile to make a difference and they are the ones who take on the tough tasks others are not willing to do.
  • Passion: they love their job and are enthusiastic about it. They go to work not just for a pay check or a promotion, but for the satisfaction of what they do.
  • Ambition: career success is one of their main goals. Employee’s ambition is what helps a company succeed. They create new ideas and are always looking for new ways to make procedures more effective and efficient.
  • Autonomy: the ability to work without supervision is key for effectiveness. A manager needs to work with people that will not require too much hand-holding or supervision. Employees who understand instructions quickly and are able to help others do so are an asset for any company.
  • Energy: people with good energy and a positive attitude, are not just more productive, they also help make the work environment more enjoyable. Having someone on the team that is always positive and enthusiastic, helps others do their job better and contributes to a better workday.
  • Reliability: this is one of the most important aspects, having someone you can trust and depend on is key for success. It’s imperative for a great employee to be dependable. Supervisors will be able to trust that any job given to this particular employee will be done on time and accurately. This is a person anyone can trust, and a true asset to the business.
  • Knowledge: they know their job and the company well. They know how to excel on any and understand how to best meet company goals. Understanding the company’s mission is important for them and knowing their supervisor or manager’s leadership and work style is key to their success.

Being a great employee takes time and dedication. Feeling appreciated and recognized also helps motivate workers to keep doing a great job. If you are a company owner or manager make sure to focus on these characteristics in your employees, because even if they like their job, feeling undervalued will shadow all their efforts and negatively affect their performance.




Socializing With Colleagues After Work

People in an office environment typically spend 8 hours a day, five days a week with their co-workers, often longer than the time they spend with family members. Whether we like it or not, our co-workers can become a kind of surrogate family. It is natural to bond with your colleagues, but as with most relationships, this has its ups and downs. Hanging out with co-workers beyond the cubicle can easily translate into better team dynamics and a more collaborative work setting. After-work fraternizing can be fun, but even with all the pros of doing this, there are cons that must be considered as well. These tips can help you decide how personal your relationship with your co-workers should be.


Everyone needs positive relationships in their day to day life, whether it’s at work or home. Work relationships are important on many levels, from encouraging teamwork to landing promotions or simply making the work day more pleasant. While all of you may be battling deadlines individually, together you create a constant support system that helps greatly when things becomes stressful. The main objective of seeing co-workers after work, is to gain insight into each other’s personalities and build better teams to improve work performances. Avoid letting these sessions turn into gossip whenever possible.


Most companies have an annual holiday party or activity. This is the perfect time to indulge in some healthy office fun. Stepping out of the staid office environment and having the opportunity to relax and socialize with the people around you on a daily basis, can be very liberating. But don’t let your guard down, it is imperative to maintain a level of professionalism in order to uphold your reputation. Be mindful of your alcohol intake, as it tends to loosen inhibitions more quickly than one might think. Having an excessive amount to drink around bosses, clients and your fellow colleagues can lead to negative consequences and regrettable behavior. This can include discussing controversial subjects in front of a supervisor or talking about an employee in an unfavorable light.


Part of being a professional also involves conducting yourself appropriately inside and outside of the office. You shouldn’t swear too much. Avoid controversial jokes. A good rule to follow is not to do or say anything that you wouldn’t at the office. Socializing with co-workers has its own set of rules and practices that are far different from hanging out with friends and family, since you still have to work together every day.  It is imperative to understand even if you’re not at work your social life will still impact how you’re seen at the office.

L. Paul | DBPC Blog

Celebrating Easter Sunday

While Good Friday is strictly a religious occasion, Easter Sunday is a celebration that people enjoy across cultures and religions.  In the modern interpretation of Easter, the resurrection of Christ takes a back seat to Easter eggs, chocolate and the ever present, Easter bunny who have become well recognized staples of the holiday in popular culture.  It can be interesting to look at the origins of today’s more commercial Easter and see how the holiday is still evolving.

Some may wonder how the bunny come into play when there is such a large focus on Christ and religion during the holiday.  Originally, the occasion was named for the goddess, “Eostre”, who represents fertility and spring.  At the time, this was a popular celebration for pagan religions, and Christians adopted and adapted many of their practices.  The hare was also a symbol of fertility for many pagan groups and Christians later used it to represent the rebirth of Christ.  Eggs were also seen as a symbol of life and are utilized for similar reasons.  The prominence of both these aspects in modern Easter celebrations is likely due to their more accessible family-friendly nature versus the more solemn crucifixion imagery.

The festivities on Easter Sunday come as a welcome change of pace to those observing a fast for Good Friday or the weeks before.  Many of us have fond memories of painting Easter eggs as children, and that trend has only grown over time with many parents and art enthusiasts now making their own elaborate toys and recipes.  It has become common for many to maintain “do-it-yourself” atmosphere when concocting new Easter festivities.  This not only helps to keep kids involved in actively celebrating the holiday, but it also provides a more lasting memory than simply receiving toys or chocolate.

Regardless of how you decide to celebrate the holiday, have a happy Easter!

Lance | DBPC Blog