Top five traits of the best employees

Top five traits of the best employees

Whether you’re looking for a raise or on the hunt for a new job, you’ll want to be sure you demonstrate the five traits of the best employees. We’re telling you, they’ll get you places. And, if you’re an employer in pursuit of your next new hire, be sure to ask questions that will help you to determine if your potential talent will be your next best hire. Only the best employees will last!

Passion. Without passion, your job is just another daily grind. Without passion, there is no point (other than the money). Without passion, you’ll be able to see the end at the same time you see the beginning (or get your job offer). Passion is the most vital trait employers should be looking for in new hires. They are looking for someone with skill. Sure. But they’re also looking for someone with drive, someone who will love their job and work with their heart, not just their head. If you love your job, you’ll be more dedicated to the operation, to finding that cure, to doing whatever it is that the job at hand entails. If you’re an employer, be sure to ask your job candidates what they’re passionate about. And if you’re in a job just to pay the bills, take a look around. Look at our job board. See how you can make a change that makes more sense and while you’re making cents.

Motivation. Your boss doesn’t have time to tell you what to do all the time and chances are he or she hired you because they don’t want to and they trust you. So take initiative. Use that pretty little mind of yours. Think outside of the box handed to you from day one (within reason) and see where a little initiative takes you. With a little self-motivation, our bets are on a raise and promotion!

Confidence. You were hired for a reason. That’s because you’re just the man or woman for the job. So go about it with confidence. It’s key in good decision making and building trust among your peers and higher ups. Do what you do boldly. No need for second guessing. Confidence is key.

Prompt. Time is of the essence so use it wisely. No one likes a slow-poke when it comes to getting the job done. That being said, more than a slow-moving employee, employers really don’t have time for someone who moves so fast they make a lot of careless mistakes. So arrive on time and by that we mean five minutes early. And when you get there, find a pace that makes sense for you to be most productive.

Easy-going. This one should be just that––easy. No matter how smart or hard-working an employee is, they must be easy-going for things to work out. Be easy to work with. Your workplace is your second home. Oftentimes, we tend to forget one of the biggest pieces of the HR puzzle––personality. Let yours shine.

Looking for a new employee? Contact us to see how we can help you find your next best employee. Or are you looking for a new job yourself? View our current job pharmaceutical and biotech job listings to see if we have one for you.

Thanks, but no thanks: Finding clarity in the workplace by saying no

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Yes, ma’am. Yes, sir. Yes, boss. We say yes all the time. Now it’s time to work up the courage to say no. No to that last day-to-day task that will send you over the edge. No to the change in work hours. No to the decisions being made in a process that works just fine. No to the new promotion if it’s not quite right. No to hiring a new employee who doesn’t fit the bill. And no to the new job if it doesn’t scream yes.

We’re not suggesting you say no to anything and everything you’re asked to do in the workplace. We are, however, suggesting that you express your opinion when it comes to major decisions that will affect the workplace, the outcome of the product or service you create or provide and your personal life.

Take it personal. Saying yes to everything is good for people pleasing but it’s not always so great for end results. Oftentimes, the big yes or no questions actually affect our personal lives. A yes may keep us at work an extra hour each day or keep us so busy that we’re unable to concentrate on everything else we’ve said yes to over the years. Saying no doesn’t mean you’re not a team player. It means you’re taking the lead to call the shots because if you’re being asked a question the ball is in your court, after all.

Plan b. If you’re a good employee, the reason you’re saying no in the first place isn’t because you’re lazy. It’s because of the impact saying yes will have on your ability to perform in the workplace or on the company as a whole. If you say no because you don’t have time to take on a new project, give an alternative suggestion as to how you can still be of help. If you say no to a promotion because you see the new position as a step in the wrong direction, consider and speak out about the reasoning behind the no while providing answers as to how you could grow into a different area in the department. If you say no to hiring a particular new employee, throw out the names of other people who you feel do fit the bill. Providing reasoning behind the no and suggesting a plan b is key to legitimizing your answer.

Express yourself. You were hired for a reason. Your decision-making skills and authority in the field are part of that reason. So choose to give an honest answer when being asked a question. If there is any fear that your thoughts could be misconstrued, make time for an open, honest and in-person conversation. Emails and texts all too often go misinterpreted due to the lack of tone. Also, be sure to express gratitude for the opportunity to be heard. Thanks can go a long way.

Say it like you mean it. Going against the grain can be a challenge. Accept it. There is a fine balance between being inappropriately demanding or bossy and expressing an opinion in a manner that demands consideration. Choose your words and tone wisely. Speak calmly rather than out of spite, anger or fear. Look your boss, peer or employee in the eye. Demand to be heard. Call for a discussion. See what happens when you ask for clarity and careful consideration rather than just being a yes-man or woman.

Finding yourself in a position where your opinions and decisions aren’t being valued or considered? Take a look at our current job openings to see if there’s a fit for you here.

How to plan for (and actually take) your paid vacation


Everyone could use a break from the daily grind from time to time. That’s why we have paid vacations, right?

But according to Project: Time Off (a coalition founded to educate Americans about the benefits of time off), 55% or 658 million days of paid vacation actually go unused each year in the U.S. because we can’t seem to free ourselves from the workplace.

Feeling tethered to our careers seems like a good thing on the surface, as far as career stability goes, but a recent study conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 77% of managers poled stated that employees who take vacations are more productive than employees who don’t and 78% of them agreed that vacation time aided in job satisfaction. The reality is, the more vacation time we actually take, the more likely we will stay happy with our jobs and the longer we’ll stay with our employer.

So how can we best detach, physically get away, clear our minds?

Incentivize yourself. When your dog does his tricks, he gets a treat. So why not think of your scenario in the same way. Dangle your own carrot so to speak. When you close your eyes, what first comes to mind? An umbrellaed margarita waiting for you on the beach? A luxurious spa decked to the nines? An outdoor trek under canopies of lush, green trees? Pick a place. Any place. And commit to getting things done in the office or lab or wherever it is you call work so that you can treat yourself when the time comes.

Plan in advance. Is there a time of year that seems a tad less busy than another month? Choosing to go on a vacation during a time of year that’s easier on you also makes things easier on your team when you’re gone. When you get back, you’ll have less catching up to do too. Plan your trip at least two months out. This will give you time to get anything accomplished you’ll need to have done prior to leaving.

Set it in stone. We all say we want to go here and adventure there but how often do we really pack our bags and board a flight? Once you’ve picked out your destination, selected a date and secured the time off with your boss, make the move! Lock down your vacation by booking your flight and accommodations. With money already out of your pocket, you’ll really lose out if you don’t take the trip.

Make a list. It’s 2016 and we all have these things we call smart phones. Thanks to these devices small enough to travel with us, we have internet no matter where we go and that means we have access to Netflix (and chill) or work all the time. So how can we really take a break? Whether you’re super techie and set your dates on your Apple Watch or you’re old school and like to hand-write your deadlines and appointments out on paper, get out your calendar. Think of everything that you need to do before you leave that you and only you can do and assign yourself a date and a time to get it all done before you leave. Ask a coworker to step-in for tasks or questions they can handle while you’re gone. Set goals. Prioritize the list by finishing the things that will make you feel the greatest relief first. Fulfill them. Once you’re on your way to the tropical islands be smart and put your smart phone away for a bit. Just like our phones, we need a little time to recharge.

Let the world know. Before you say your sayonaras to your coworkers, check in with your boss with a plan. Before your higher-ups sign off on the plan, be sure to agree on your accessibility. It would do us all good to have a legitimate time off the grid with no ifs, ands or buts, however, the reality is that someone might just need you. Set your boundaries. Limit the time you agree to be on the phone in the case of emergency and try not to check your inbox. Checking your email on day five may make you feel like you’re climbing Mount Everest so be sure to let all of your close contacts know you’ll be hitting the high road soon and set up an out-of-office auto-reply email message so that your inbox doesn’t get inundated while you’re out. In general, most people within your place of work and outside of it will be respectful of your well-deserved time off and won’t flood your inbox while you’re away.

Not getting enough paid vacation? Check out our job openings here.

7 steps to success: How to impress your boss on day 1

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So you got the job and today is the big day. It’s your first day in your new position and maybe the butterflies are floating around in that anxious stomach of yours and you’re thinking, “How do I impress my boss and coworkers?” Let’s break it down.

Follow the seven simple steps below and you’ll be sure to make a great impression on your first day.

Timing is everything. This is the simplest step you can take to make a good impression on the first day (and the last day, for that matter) of your new job. Arrive early. (About 10 minutes early shows you’re willing to go above and beyond. More than that might be too much.) Leave late. It’s that easy.

Q & A. Now is the best time to learn. More than likely, there is already a plan in place for training with particular members of your new team who have reserved time out of their day just for you. So do your part. Ask when things might not seem so clear. While you want to demonstrate efficiency in the workplace, everyone knows that the new guy (or lady) will need a little assistance the first few days in their new role. Showing that you’re eager to learn is imperative as a new hire.

Take notes. Bring a notepad and pen with you on your first day. Jot down the answers to those questions you asked as well as other tidbits of information you think you may not remember on down the road. It can be a challenge to retain all of the information you’re given in the first week of work. Use your notes to refresh your memory each morning before heading in.

Let’s break the ice! Finally! It’s lunch break. This is the time when you really get to know your peers. Although first days are often exhausting, it’s the perfect time to put your Girl Scout or Cub Scout days to the test and make new friends. Ask about your team member’s roles in the company. Taking the time to find out more about your co-worker’s positions as well as about their personal lives shows that you care and helps you understand how you fit in the puzzle. Make sure your peers know you’re a team player.

Show your pearly whites. It’s a universal greeting. So share a smile with your new co-workers and higher-ups. It shows you’re excited to be where you are and your excitement to be a part of the company.

Bring something to the table. When a company decides to hire you it’s because you have something to offer. If you see something that could use a little TLC or a procedure that could be simplified, offer your ideas. Sometimes a fresh set of eyes is just what the hiring manager was looking for.

Please and thank you. Always offer gratitude to those who put in a little extra time to get you trained. A thank you email is a nice way to give thanks so before you leave for the day put in a little extra time to say thanks.

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