Keys to Workplace Success

A solid work ethic, the right education, good experience, a can-do attitude – these qualities can help make you successful on the job. But a new study shows that a few more skills can help you stand out.

In the recently released 2007 World of Work survey by staffing firm Randstad, computer skills topped the list of qualities and skills that help make someone a success at work. The online survey, performed by Harris Interactive, included responses from about 1,900 employees and 1,300 employers.

Those polled said other qualities and skills — such as meeting deadlines, multitasking, willingness to learn new things, speaking clearly and concisely, and arriving to work on time — also add up to success in the workplace.

The survey also found that while employee morale is higher than it was three years ago, employees also are more likely to change jobs or careers than they were five years ago. Not surprisingly, those who switch jobs or careers are motivated by more money, better benefits, and more interesting work.

Based on the survey, employers are most concerned about retaining employees, recruiting the right people, and training workers to prepare for the exodus of retiring Baby Boomers.

To read more interesting results from the study, visit the World of Work.

Written by Jenny Cromie, certified human resource specialist (CHRS)

Great Lakes HR Now Newsletter


About KappaDiva
Learning Leader Tech Ed Advocate Empassioned Educator Perpetual Student Professional Learner Chief Learning Officer Tonya is a learning leader, instructional design, performance support and multimedia communications professional, with nearly 20 years of experience in healthcare, information systems, instructional design and training, web and creative design, internal and external marketing, PR and communications, social media, service excellence, leadership development and non-profit operations management. She is currently Director, Staff Learning & Development, Teach For America; President, A2ATD; principal and Chief Learning Officer of Kappa Beta Technology & Instruction; grad student at The University of Michigan; and author of the Learning Leader Blog (,) an emerging technologies resource for 21st century educators. She current is living in Macomb County, MI, with her cat and several Mac and iOS devices.

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