An attribute could be defined as a quality or characteristic specific to an individual. With this in mind, in terms of employability, there are three types of attribute; specific job attribute, general attributes, and attitudes.
Specific job attributes the requirements an employer will be looking for, in order to fulfil a certain job. Examples of specific job attributes include; health and safety, good working procedures, and security.
Health and safety attributes are important for an employee to have because it is important for an employer to be sure that workers will be safe in the working environment if left alone.
Working procedures are elements that affect the way you work. An example of this is a to be flexible with the hours the work, known as Flexi-time, this means that you will work extra hours when it is busy, and then you can take these hours back when things are quieter.
Security is an important attribute because companies may have confidential and sensitive information that it needs to keep safe. Therefore the employer will be looking for an employee that they can rely on to do this.
These are personal attributes, employers are looking for employees that possess a variety of positive traits. Work attributes are a series of positive behaviours that employers would expect employees to have.
Time management skills are important for an employee to have because a company wants to be confident that its workers can set realistic deadlines and meet them. This will allow the company to be more efficient when completing tasks.
Team working is part of a wider skill known as working with others, and to some employers it is as valuable as the ability to work independently. Employers will want employees that understand how their role attributes to the overall success of the company.
This is a skill employers look for because they may want employees that have a good ability to demonstrate their ideas in a variety of ways, written and verbal communication makes this possible.
In terms of attributes, employers are looking for employees that can demonstrate a variety of positive personal traits. Work attitudes are a series of preferred behaviours, that are desirable employees to have.
Tolerance is about the ability to get on with others around you in order to complete the task in hand. Employers will want colleagues that are respectful of the views, practices, and opinions of others. This is because if there is tolerance between employees, there is less likely to be conflict in the workplace.
Integrity is a measure of honesty, and sense of duty and respect. Employers will be looking for employees that are punctual, and that don’t steal from the organisation. Employers will want employees that always strive to achieve the best results for the company, this is also integrity.
An employee that is trustworthy and consistent will be valued by the company. Employers will want employees that can; work under minimum supervision, and not take advantage of the organisation. If an employee is dependable in terms of; quality of work, timeliness and willingness to work, they will be valued by the employer.