Employers are constantly on the lookout for for hard-working employees. A brief description of a hard working employee is one who makes the most of her time and who consistently produces good work. Beyond this description, a hard-working employee exhibits the traits of productivity, motivation, dedication and self-reliance.
A hard-working employee stays focused on the tasks before her and spends little time chatting with other employees. Her work is consistently of acceptable to excellent quality, and she looks for more work if everything assigned to her is done. You will not catch a hard-working employee browsing the Internet for shoe sales or downloading the latest and greatest hits from her favorite musicians. She is at work to do exactly that — work.
This employee is motivated to the best job she can. She shows up to work on time and takes her breaks on time. She eagerly looks forward to any training that might help her do better, and she is the first to volunteer for new projects. She is reliable and consistently meets deadlines and production goals. Her employer depends on her optimal efforts to help him succeed and is seldom disappointed.
No matter how hard an employee works, if she requires constant supervision and error correction, then her employer will not likely see her as an asset. This means the tenacious employee must make an extra effort to be self-reliant and accurate. This does not mean she should be afraid to ask for help or additional training as needed, but it does mean that once she is trained, she can handle her daily tasks without hand-holding by her supervisor.
Dedication to the employer and focus makes this worker an asset to the company. She is ethically motivated to provide an honest day of work for her wages. She takes pride in her abilities. Periodic recognition for her efforts will reinforce her actions. She may be willing to take on additional responsibilities but may over-extend herself in an attempt to be more helpful. This employee may be a candidate for a promotion, or she may be happy where she is. A supervisor will want to discuss future growth with the employee and assess what path is best for both the employee and the company.