Sunny Patel shares her five favorite traits she looks for in a potential employee.
1. Positive Attitude - Having a positive attitude at work is very important. Not only for everyone you encounter, but most importantly, your customers. Workers should be rather positive when it comes to their work for your company. While a business can do a lot to inspire a more positive attitude as part of the workplace culture, it primarily comes from the people you hire. Those who approach work with a positive attitude will softly encourage others to do the same through the example that they set.
2. Action-Oriented - By taking action, you are taking a chance at being wrong. This is a strong characteristic. Knowing that you could possibly be wrong but taking action anyway and learning from your mistakes will help you grow and be successful. We look for employees who are able to determine how to get projects accomplished in a timely manner without having to be walked through every new step of the way. Self-motivated workers tend to get more done and take initiative to help others, as well. By assessing what an employee has accomplished independently, it's easy to see whether someone is action-oriented or not.
3. Communication - The ability to communicate effectively with superiors, colleagues and staff is essential, no matter what industry you work in. Workers in the digital age must know how to effectively convey and receive messages in person as well as via phone, email and social media. What I look for in an employee is the ability to communicate well and express themselves in a clear manner, whether in writing or speaking. Inaccurate/inappropriate communication between employees can cause many problems to the company.
4. Leadership - This make the person establish friendly relations with the coworkers and keeps the office running smoothly, which in turn is appreciated by the employer. A leader loves to pass on knowledge instead of keeping it all for themselves. You don’t build a business, you build people and then people build the business.
5. Passionate - It’s very hard to find employees these days that sincerely care about the business and its success. Out of all my favorite employee traits, passion is my number one favorite. If you have a passionate employee, they can move mountains. You can’t teach passion. Employees either have it or they don’t, and finding the ones that do are pivotal to your organization's success. When you look at champions what do they all have in common? Skills yes, but ultimately, it’s passion that truly drives them.
Sunny Patel is the president of 3S Hospitality Group.