Are You a Winner?

When soft skills make the difference

Feb 26, 2018


From medical positions to office administration, from construction to oil and gas, from security & safety to IT and professional positions, there are winning employees, and then again, there are the soon-to-be-unemployed. Ensure your place in the winners’ circle by following these tips and guidelines.


Let’s Talk Soft Skills


Think about it. If you were the employer, what would you want in the people you hire? Sure, there are specific skills and experience that are tied to the job description, but that’s the beginning, not the whole. Soft skills bind your specific skills and experience into a package that wins the position, the right to stay in the position, and the potential to be promoted. Top soft skills include:

  • Problem-solving: the ability to evaluate a situation or incident, determine possible solutions, choose the best one, and then implement it. Once the problem is corrected, discerning what caused it and what steps can prevent a repeat.
  • Communication Skills: The ability to both listen to others and then respond – clearly, concisely, with respect regardless of diversity, in verbal and written form. An ability to read between the lines via a good understanding of body language and voice tone, as well as a clear perception of what is not being said.
  • Time Management: The ability to make a plan, setting prioritized long-term goals, supported by realistic short-term goals, and then enact the plan while maintaining a work-life balance.
  • Team-player: Ready to work together while respecting differences, contributing your share plus a little, taking responsibility for your tasks and allowing the rest of the team to fulfill theirs. It means acknowledging when you create a problem and taking responsibility to fix it while learning from your errors.


Let’s Talk Character


It’s often been said that character is who you are when nobody is watching. So, once again, who would you want working for you if you owned the company? Wouldn’t these be the traits that mattered?

  • Strong Work Ethic: A self-motivated individual who can be depended on to get the job done – right and on time. Someone who will pick up a shovel and jump in the trench to dig – even if their “job” is to supervise.
  • A Grace Giver: the person who understands that everyone makes mistakes, giving grace freely, without condoning sloppy work. They maintain a positive attitude, avoiding gossip and negative talk.
  • Dependable: Shows up on time, gives his/her best, upholds company standards and promotes the company brand in a positive light.
  • Integrity: Nothing under the table here. The individual who everyone knows will shoot a straight story – his/her actions exemplify honesty. This employee is an “up” person – they can be counted on to own up when they mess up, rather than cover up.


Let’s Talk Leadership

Leadership isn’t a company position – it’s a day-to-day workstyle. An entry-level employee can exhibit leadership. Leadership qualities include:


Confidence – without Arrogance: Making the right decisions takes self-confidence, but with an attitude of humbleness. Sound like a contradiction, but it isn’t. Arrogance leaves no room for anyone else to be right – or even have an opinion. Self-confidence that is balanced both by the realization that “I can be wrong, I always have something new to learn,” and an attitude that places value on others is self-confidence shaped by humility.


A Past-Present-Future Thinker: Using lessons learned in the past to guide your choices in the present, while looking forward to the changes that will come in the future. For example, adapting to ever-changing technology to be more efficient in the future while not losing sight of the principles of the past.


Transparent, Authentic, and Committed to What is Right:  Even when it’s the hardest choice. Upholding personal values as well as the company values in words and actions. Enough said.

Contributing to others self-value: Their attitudes, actions, words all reflect and uphold the inherent value of people. They extend respect and honor regardless of diversity. They not only know how to give both praise and constructive criticism but also know how to receive both.


It may sound overwhelming, but growth comes one step at a time. Give yourself an honest evaluation and then commit to improving in a specific area. Progress in one area inevitably leads to progress in another area.


Actually, that thought aligns with the Lofton Staffing Mission:

Our purpose is to provide the best service possible. To do this, we strive for perfection in every aspect. We will set high standards for ourselves. We are committed to develop, with respect to every individual, each employee to the highest level of performance. We study, train, and work not only to serve our clients but to serve each other. Understanding that if we help each other to improve, we have already improved ourselves.


We’re always looking for winners to add to our team. Contact Lofton today.





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