6 Qualities that Every Boss Wants in Their Employees



6 Qualities that Every Boss Wants in Their Employees


What can I do to impress my boss?

We’ve been asking ourselves this question for so long that it almost seems ridiculous we haven’t managed to write that universal guide to help us all with an answer. It’s a pretty normal thing to concern ourselves with. After all, our jobs invoke some sort of motivation and, no matter which one that is, said motivation is a goal that always goes through the impression we leave on our employers.

Fortunately, centuries of labor and interactions based on hierarchies haven’t been all for nothing, as there has been a pattern noticed. This pattern refers to an array of traits and qualities that many employers think represent the perfect employee.


Every business aims to produce something, let it be a good or a service. Quality and quantity of that product go hand-in-hand, and they’re directly proportional to how well the company will fare. Surprise your employers with sudden bursts of productivity, but try to stay tempered in order to maintain a certain consistency of your output.

Problem Solving

Or, rather, how well you behave when you’re faced with a difficult situation. If you get stuck on a particular issue, what do you do next? Do you fire away an opinionated e-mail to the staff or do you try to find your way out of the situation first? It’s definitely recommended that you try the latter option first, as adaptability and your capacity to work your way out of a sticky situation are definitely some excellent bonus points to your portfolio.


Initiative refers to plenty of things. To continue the previously mentioned idea, it also refers to your ability to grab the ropes and steer away from a difficult situation all by yourself. If no one will fix it, then who will? You can also show initiative by bringing forward the various issues you have discovered to the higher-ups, proving that you care about the proper development of the project.


Don’t be a passive player in this game. Get involved! Coming to work every day and awaiting instructions and papers to fill out won’t help you stand out much. Of course, having innovative ideas isn’t something that comes easily and, especially if you’re a newcomer, don’t worry too much about trying to impress with a groundbreaking resolution. Instead, do something extra out of your own free will. Show your contribution.


Creativity represents something extremely sought-after: out-of-the-box thinking. This is one of those qualities that you can prove to be true even before you land an interview by submitting a charmingly creative resume. This is a trait that determines how well you’re able to make something out of nothing, a very valuable asset.


The difference is in the little things. Show up on time at meetings, write down notes when your boss is explaining something, finish all of your duty tasks, and carry through with your promises. Separately, these may not mean a whole lot, but together, they create a system that proves that you care about the job and that you’re looking toward the future, a bigger picture.


All in all, a bright mind and a clear goal help in making sure that you earn your boss’s respect. You don’t need to work overtime, do longer hours, or in any way struggle to work more. Quality will always be preferred over quantity. Carefulness leads to problem solving, which lets you get more involved, boosts creativity, and shows your employer that you can take initiative.

Live up to these standards and your boss will most certainly value your contributions to the company – something which is bound to show up on the next paycheck.

Why You Should Use A Free Time Tracking App

Why You Should Use A Free Time Tracking App

Woman taking a photo of breakfast with smartphone

Woman taking a photo of breakfast with smartphone

If you are anything like most employers, it is important that you are aware of the number of hours worked by each worker. One way to achieve this would be to use a free time tracking app. Here are several reasons that this would be a wise choice.

One thing that employers cannot stand is trying to decide how to schedule employees. This is the case when schedules are variable and can change wildly from week to week. Not only is it hard to create a schedule, but it can be difficult to remember and keep track of the hours each person is supposed to be on task. A time tracking app can make this much simpler. You can select a schedule with ease, then look at it as the week progresses to ensure everything is going smoothly.

It is very commonplace for workers to leave shortly before they are scheduled to. If someone has a habit of putting in their end time as a bit later than it should be, an app can help you catch this. For example, if you see that an employee had consistently logged in at 4:45 pm to put their time and they are scheduled to leave at 5:00 pm, you can ask why this is. Perhaps they are trying to fudge the system and get credit for hours not worked, or maybe it is something harmless. Either way, the software will help you figure things out.

When you run a business, it is important to get the most out of each minute of your time. Every minute wasted is time that could have been spent doing something far more productive. It is a good idea to get an app to track time for this reason. You will no longer have to run around the office asking why timesheets have yet to be submitted. It can all be as simple as setting a reminder to employees when they haven’t done it yet and logging in to approve everything once they have completed the task.

Whether you believe it or not, there are some employers who use these apps to check their own time. Imagine a world where you can use every minute of your time wisely. There will be no more wasted moments and times when you were twiddling your thumbs and you could have been doing something else. When you are the boss, it can be hard to stay on task. Using an app can certainly help you with this. The best thing is the fact that a free app can actually help you make more money.

Instead of sitting there wondering if this type of app is truly as great as you are being told, you should try it out for yourself. Since there will be no cost to you, it is not like you have anything to lose. Once you start using time tracking software, the only regret you will have is that you did not try it sooner.

Coaching your Employees for Optimum Performance

Free Class!!!!!!!

Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Supplier Diversity and Development organization, has partnered with SCE’s Human Resources organization to offer you a unique opportunity. We are pleased to offer a Business Edge Workshop which will increase your company’s internal strength by building the skills needed to achieve the most from your employees:
A workshop on Coaching your Employees for Optimum Performance.
Lunch with a guest speaker on How to Retain Employees Through Recognition

This is a highly interactive workshop for Business Owners with employees and HR Managers which would cost you over $500 in a public setting, but is being offered at no cost to you. Bring examples of challenges you are currently facing and network with your peers as you learn a simple 4-step coaching process.

RSVP to sally.virgen@sce.com by February 17, 2012. Respond early as seats are limited.