How to identify an A-Player in workplace

Wed, 19. July 2017

A-players can increase firm’s productivity and foster company’s growth. Managers who can identify A-players from its employees can optimize results and minimize the waste of their company.


Managers are not going to find A-players by just conducting a standard interview and looking at resume. It is important for them to evaluate their employees periodically. But who can be an A-player?


We reveal 9 characteristics of A-players for you:


1. Self-motivated


A self-motivated employee has the internal drive and motivation to begin and continue tasks with the absence of external stimulus, such as incentives and extra rewards. A-players are self-directed continuous learners who are enthusiastic to work unceasingly to accomplish their goal, as well as to strive for the best. If they are given a complex task, they will be committed to the task wholeheartedly.


2. Fast Learner


They have their own learning style which makes them learn new concepts and apply them rapidly to different tasks. A-players are enthusiastic to complete new tasks. If they are newly employed, they can pick up the position sharper and quicker than expected.


3. Risk Taker


In today’s competitive marketplace, innovation can be companies’ most powerful strategic advantage to stand out from other competitors. But for innovation and novel ideas to occur, there must be somebody willing to take risks and failures. A-players do everything they can to accomplish more or move up the organization. They are willing to take risks to create novel solutions, in the hope to create values and solve difficulties.


4. Productive


A-players are willing to put in so many hours at their 100% speed and deliver efficient manner to optimize results. In addition, they produce high return on investment (ROI) due to the fact that they utilize resources to minimize wastes for the company. Due to this, they become above-average performers in the company.


5. Results-oriented


A-players worry more about delivering results than trying to impress their supervisor. They spend most of their time and energy focusing on how to overcome challenges instead of looking better if failure occurs. As A-players are results-oriented and strive for the best to perform superior results, they create impressive insights and outputs frequently, generating a “WOW” effect among employees regularly.


6. Humble


A-players in workplaces are humble and open-minded. They don’t view themselves as perfect. Instead, they put all noises into one plan to improve themselves by seeking advice and listening to others’ criticism actively. Apart from that, they have the genuine desire to discover what others can offer, knowledges or opinions, for improvement as well as to perform better.


7. Open to New Challenges


A-players feel excited for each challenge. They won’t view challenges as stumbling blocks that hinder their success. Instead, they look at them as the next opportunity to succeed rather than the next opportunity to fail. They believe new challenges can foster learning and their growth.


8. Great Team Player


Working effectively in a team is incredibly important for output quality, morale, and retention of a company. A-players believe teamwork is significant for the efficiency and development of the company. They acknowledge their limitations by valuing teamwork, which also serves as an invitation for others to help. They want everyone to improve together, not only seeking advices from team members, but also offering a helping hand for those who need supports.


9. Visionary


A-players envision the future of the business and their career. They see themselves as an important part of the business rather than just a “worker bee”. This is due to the fact that they view the organization as a whole, so they imagine what the company’s business will be like down the road and be able to paint the picture for others as well. By being visionary in the company, their actions and efforts are aligned with business goals, which can foster company’s growth.


Many excellent companies believe that one great A-player employee can replace three average B-player employees. It is of utmost importance for the manager or leader to identify A-players in the workplace to increase company’s efficiency and productivity. However, people change, they grow, they lose interest. A-players today may not be A-players in the future. Therefore, it is vital for companies to conduct evaluation at least annually to maximize company's’ wealth and minimize costs.



Author: Janice Chan

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