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What Great Employees Don't Need

I've been exploring the different AI programs out there (ChatGPT, Bard, etc.), but that isn't what this article is about. It is about what belief was clarified as I looked at the results from my explorations.

I've been asking it all kinds of questions to see what answers it comes up with. One thing I asked was "How can managers identify good employees?" Here is what it returned:

There are a number of ways that a manager can identify a good employee. Some of the most common ways include:

  • Performance. A good employee is someone who consistently meets or exceeds expectations. They are reliable and dependable, and they produce high-quality work.

  • Communication. A good employee is someone who is able to communicate effectively with their manager, their peers, and their customers. They are able to listen to and understand instructions, and they are able to articulate their thoughts and ideas clearly.

  • Teamwork. A good employee is someone who is able to work effectively as part of a team. They are able to cooperate with others, share credit, and resolve conflict.

  • Problem-solving. A good employee is someone who is able to identify and solve problems. They are able to think critically and come up with creative solutions.

  • Initiative. A good employee is someone who is able to take initiative. They are not afraid to ask questions, and they are not afraid to take on new challenges.

  • Motivation. A good employee is someone who is motivated to do their best work. They are passionate about their work, and they are always looking for ways to improve.

By looking for these qualities in their employees, managers can identify the good employees who will help their organization succeed.

I thought that was a pretty good list - few things I would say are flat out wrong and all things I think a lot of people would agree with.

What caught my eye was something that wasn't there - being in the office and seeing someone in person.

So many companies have been pushing the theory that we have to get back to the office because it is so beneficial, but I have never heard someone say a great employee is physically present.

My challenge to anyone who thinks we have to return to the office: how does that make an employee better?

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