"The first duty of the courtier is to exercise the spine every day so that the latter would acquire the necessary flexibility," – said Hodja Nasreddin. These words are still adopted by subordinates of all kinds. But what else besides flexibility, "convenience" and diligence do bosses appreciate in their employees? Which employees are more likely to befriend management? CleverControl talked to experts and found the answers.
Diane Reyes, brand Manager at "CrushTrend":
"An unequivocal answer to this question does not exist. It all depends, in the first place, on the boss or the manager and their temperament. Some think it is important that an employee generates ideas and radiates energy. The others are convinced that it is more convenient to work with calm and reliable “foot soldiers”. Of course, it is also important what exactly employee does. I guess you could say that "benefit" those employees who are able to understand what the manager needs and in accordance with this build their communication with the colleagues and the manager and their style of work."
Christina Levin, senior trainer-consultant at Inter Thunder:
"In a perfect world, or rather, in a rational world, they would be subordinates who meet or exceed their set goals. However, our world is rather far from rationality! Our decisions depend on emotions and feelings, on hormones and the entire limbic system too much. Due to the fact that managers are people too and, just like everyone else, they have emotions, feel the inexplicable "like – dislike", "love – hate" and so on, there is no one ultimate recipe to get liked by everyone. In any case, managers will appreciate employees who support them and help implement their ideas. The percentage of leaders who are prepared to appreciate and respect a subordinate who openly voices the opposite opinion is very small. Conclusion: if you want to be liked work a lot and bring ideas and dreams of management to reality, preferably with minimum expenses and a smile on your face. It is also useful to develop your EI (emotional intelligence) - it will help not only to build a better relationship with the supervisors but with everybody else."
Wayne Larson, a business coach at a training and development Center:
"As a rule, leaders are confident and righteous people. They tend to dominate and love to win. Therefore, the qualities that allow employees be favored are flexibility, ability to adapt, listen, agree, and perform well. The Director must be sure that his or her instructions are heard, accepted, and will be followed accurately and within the deadlines. Employees must also have the skill of planning and stress tolerance that will allow effectively coping with multitasking."
Alice Henderson, the commercial Director at "Tetra Money":
"My own recipe: managers love subordinates who are interesting to talk to, who don't necessarily agree with any opinion of the authorities, who can say "of course, I will do as you say, but it will turn out badly". Yes, it's not the best and certainly not the most stable position in the company. But it is definitely interesting and conducive to professional growth."
Martha Nguyen, General Director at Stern One:
"Different leaders value different qualities in their employees. Those who focus primarily on the result and the financial success of the company prefer a responsible, efficient, and initiative employees; who not only offer new solutions but also ready to engage in their qualitative implementation. But some leaders put in the forefront their own comfort because of the stunning narcissism, therefore they choose "pets" from those who always agree with their opinions, never argue and cause the least inconvenience. Perhaps these bosses just appreciate the reflection of their own irresistible power in the employees."
Virginia Griffin, Director of marketing at Towers English:
"I have been running different teams for many years, in large corporations and in startups. I can say that I love people who are responsible for their lives and working activities, on whom you can rely, and whom you do not have to monitor all the time. So I can safely go on vacation or delegate a difficult task and sleep without constantly biting my nails and thinking "heavens, what will go wrong this time". Any manager loves a thinking and efficient subordinate who does everything in time, is are able to look several steps ahead, and does not create problems but solves them. Plus, it is important for the employee to grow and develop. For it is said: "- Aren't you afraid of your employees learning enough and leaving? - No, I'm afraid that they will learn nothing and stay."
Janice Flores, Director of business development at NestConsulting:
"Superiors love when a subordinate is a responsible, non-contentious, efficient, and proactive professional who is able to solve problems on their level, without involving the manager in all the vicissitudes it. Employees should be smart, of course, and with a broad outlook, always ready for self-development and self-education, have their own opinion and point of view on solving business challenges and be able to submit an idea to the management. Independent and flexible at the same time - this is the perfect image of a subordinate. Are there any such people in real life? Yes, and working with such employees is a large professional pleasure."
Roy Jimenez, the head of recruitment and staff development at Machine Gen:
"In my opinion, the best qualities are the productivity, the lack of resistance when the manager sets the task which is not 100% within employee’s job description, efficiency, and professionalism, the ability to take the burden of solving a problem, to suggest a method of solution, and speed and quality of decision-making."
The second part of the article is available here.