Being good at a job means more than just perfecting your skill or craft. To be a well-rounded employee-and one who gets noticed by your superiors and promoted-you need more skills than just being good at your job. Having excellent communication and time management skills and the ability to work proactively are just a few traits that separate the good Cleaning Professional from the great ones.
But do you have what it takes to reach greatness? Review the following traits and see which ones you have and which ones you need to work on.
1. Communication Skills
This is a broad term that can mean different things to different people. In a professional setting, having good communication skills means:
- You are honest with your superiors and your team, even when the truth is harder than a lie
- You listen as much as you speak, and listen with the intent of absorbing information and responding to it clearly
- You are intentional with nonverbal communication, like eye contact, hand gestures, and tone of voice
- You use clarity when speaking and think about what you want to say before you say or write it
- You are friendly and have a positive attitude when communicating with others
- You show everyone you work with respect and kindness
2. Time Management
This is critical when performing tasks that need to be done in a timely manner, while juggling other responsibilities as well. You need to show your superiors that you can complete tasks on schedule while multitasking, and always make sure you arrive to work on time. Try not to schedule personal tasks during work hours; this will show your employer that you are dedicated to the job at hand.
3. Attention to Detail
It’s the little things that matter, especially when you are a Cleaning Professional. If you go the extra mile to make sure all the smallest details are addressed while cleaning, this will impress the client and reflect well on you with your employer. Your reputation will soar if you are known as the Cleaning Professional who not only notices the tiniest details, but also consistently does so at each and every job. This is true not only when cleaning, but in your appearance and your personal engagement with clients.
4. Proactive Problem Solving
If you foresee an issue, don’t wait until the problem arises to address it. Bring it up to your superior and come with a solution in mind. This will show them that you are not only thinking ahead, but that you are also a problem solver. This can include the actual work itself, the way your team is functioning, or even an efficiency challenge you are having and can improve. It will also prove to your employer that you can work individually with little supervision, encouraging them to consider you for possible future promotions.
If you have these four professional skills as part of your everyday work demeanor, you will succeed at your current career, and set yourself up for a promotion in the years to come. You want to be known not just by your excellent work ethic and performance, but also by these traits. Being a well-rounded employee will make you dependable, your job secure, and make you competitive in the job market.