Imagine that you are hiring and you want to get the best possible employee. Or, imagine that you are on the job market. What qualities and characteristics make the very best employees?
The very best employees go well beyond their job descriptions and give that extra effort and dedication that makes them exemplary. Researchers have termed these sorts of actions, Organizational Citizenship Behaviors (OCBs). There are a variety of areas in which an employee can go above and beyond the call of duty. Here are some of them and some questions to determine if you (or someone else) are (is) an exemplary employee
Helping others. One category is helping fellow employees, or helping out to assist the department or organization in some important way.
Helped out coworkers by teaching or mentoring them?
Supported a co-worker who was going through a personal crisis?
Gone out of your way to assist a coworker (e.g., given a ride, lent money, etc.)?
Demonstrating Loyalty. This includes behaviors that help the image of your organization, or helps the organization to achieve an important goal.