myHR Partner® President and CEO Tina Hamilton, PHR, SHRM-CP, was asked to share her insight into what qualities are essential for new employees to guarantee success. “Acquiring the right talent is the most important key to growth. Hiring was–and still is–the most important thing we do,” said Marc Benioff, co-CEO of Salesforce. Everyone has a set of characteristics that they want in an employee, but with the pandemic changing the workplace overnight, there is now a new set of characteristics to be aware of.

Starting with Integrity, we must trust team members to have the integrity to get their jobs done well, adhere to timelines, and confess any mistakes or other failings.

Personal productivity, they must be good at staying focused and overcoming distractions.

Self-awareness, your team members must be able to recognize when they need help and have the confidence to express it. You want people who can balance the need to be a productive self-starter with an honest understanding of their limitations.

Professional Written Communication Skills, these skills have never been more critical now that Emails and texts are the most common forms of workplace communication.

Digital Aptitude, the ability to use video conferencing, collaboration tools and project management platforms is crucial now and will likely remain important.

Lastly, Flexibility. Someone who can go with the flow and adjust to fluid situations will be more successful than someone who cannot.

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