The Importance of the Ideal Employee Profile

The Importance of the Ideal Employee Profile

I am a Performance Coach, not a life coach.

My job as a Performance Coach is to assist Team Leaders in becoming High-Performance Team Leaders who can develop a High-Performance Work Team. This requires Team Leaders to find, recruit, develop and retain High-Performance Team Members. Sounds simple but the process of identifying a potential High Performer, while absolutely essential for success, is not easy.

To assist Team Leaders in this process I have developed an Ideal Employee Profile to be used as a benchmark for hiring the right people to be Members of a High-Performance Team. These ten points are not earth-shattering, but they are the bedrock requirements every Team Member needs to exhibit if the Team is to be High-Performance Team.


1. Quality & Quantity of Work

• Is efficient and effective.

• Meets standards of work quality.

• Uses time appropriately and completes assignments on time.

• Work output matches established expectations.

2. Teamwork

• Establishes and maintains an effective working relationship with Teammates.

• Shares information and resources with Teammates.

• Follows instructions of Team Leader and appropriately responds to requests from others.

• Contributes appropriate work and effort to Team performance to meet agreed upon objectives.

  • Does not hesitate to ask the Team Leader or other Team Members for assistance when needed.

3. Job Knowledge

• Has the appropriate level of technical, procedural knowledge and job competency.

• Understands job procedures, methods, facts and information related to assignments.

• Performs duties with minimal supervision, but seek guidance when appropriate.

4. Initiative

• Sets own constructive work practice.

• Develops and implements new methods, procedures, solutions and concepts – and shares them with Teammates.

• Accepts additional challenges and responsibilities and will assist others.

5. Interpersonal Relations

• Is cooperative, considerate, and tactful in dealing with Team Leader, peers, clients and others.

• Maintains confidentiality as appropriate.

6. Communications Abilities

• Listens and understand information.

• Presents information in a clear and concise manner.

• Communicates appropriately with Team Members.

• Communicates appropriately with Clients/Customers.

• Communicates appropriately with Team Leader.

• Demonstrates respect for all individuals in all forms of communication.

7. Planning and Organizing

• Adapts to changes well.

• Uses resources effectively.

• Sets objectives, establishes priorities, and develops plans.

• Prioritizes work to meet deadlines.

• Asks for clarification before proceeding on a work project.

8. Problem Analysis & Decision Making

• Anticipates problems and facilitates problem resolution.

• Makes timely decisions.

• Understands practical and workable solutions.

• Recognizes when a decision is necessary, asks for input, and provides information and feedback in a timely manner.

9. Personal Development

• Is engaged in self-development.

10. Dependability

• Recognizes the need for appropriate time management.

• Is where he/she needs to be doing what he/she should be doing.

• Go above and beyond expectations when recognizes the need to do so.

 The Bottom Line:

High-Performance Teams are not an option anymore, but are there some requirements for being a High-Performance Team Member I have not included?

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