10 traits of a perfect co-worker

Career Advice
30 November 2017 | Career Advice | Guest Author

Many graduates enter the workforce eager and excited, but aren’t quite sure how to go from model student to model employee. You want your managers and your co-workers to like you, and you want to succeed. Here are some of the most valued traits in a colleague or employee.

Dependable

This one seems pretty evident, but one of the key traits that make you a good co-worker is dependability. Meeting deadlines, doing what you say you’re going to, and taking responsibility for correcting your own mistakes will earn you a reputation for being someone that can be counted on.

Empathetic

Being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes can be critical to having a good working environment. Everyone has a bad day once in a while, and being compassionate and understanding when someone else isn’t at 100% is better than griping about the fact that they’re slacking off. Unless of course, it becomes habitual

Trustworthy

Being able to keep certain knowledge to yourself and not becoming part of the gossip mill will be noticed. If your coworkers find that you can be trusted not to take their venting session straight to management, they’ll be more likely to trust you with concerns that they have that may affect you as well.

Self-starter

No one likes to have to harp on someone to get a job done. If you’re working in a team, don’t be the one that drags their feet and slows down everyone else’s productivity. Find a system to help yourself track your tasks and priorities, and make sure no-one ever has to ask you twice for something.

Dedicated

Being loyal and dedicated to your employer is noticed. Stay late when needed, volunteer to help get a new project up and running smoothly, and stick it out through tough times. You don’t want to neglect your personal life, so it’s important to find balance, but you want to make sure that everyone knows that your work is a priority in your life.

Organised

Keeping your calendar up to date and your desk organised will help to show that you’ve got yourself together. If you’re constantly losing track of important documents or missing meeting because of a lack of organisation, it reflects poorly on your work ethic and dedication.

Respectful

Quite simply, treat everyone with the same amount of respect that you would show to anyone else. Whether it is the CEO, or the IT guy, or even customers and outside vendors, you need to be respectful of all the people you encounter throughout your day.

Flexible

One of the greatest traits of a good employee is adaptability. Modern work environments change quickly and drastically. If you want to stick it out for the long haul, you need to be prepared to meet those changes with a positive attitude.

Team-Player

While you want to make sure that you’re advancing your own career, you need to recognise your place in an organisation, and work for the good of the whole. Offer to help coworkers when they are overwhelmed. Share any useful tools or tricks with others that could benefit, rather than hoarding that information to try and be indispensable.

Modest

Nobody likes a braggart. Let your work speak for itself, and don’t go on telling people about how much you do or how many sales you got last month. Everyone on your team already knows how much you contribute, and if you exaggerate your value or importance, you might upset the balance, and give people a reason to try and take you down a peg or two.

Work on developing these character traits if you want to not only succeed personally at your job, but also to develop strong working relationships with your colleagues. It’s important to be on good terms with those around you, especially if you’re working on building your network.


With her great interest in business, digital marketing and self-growth, Camilla Dabney supports Canadabiz.net as a Content Coordinator. Whenever not working, she enjoys spending her time outside, jogging and rock climbing. Feel free to follow her on her Twitter.

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