Ability versus Dependability - by Ravi Patel

 

What is more important for an Entrepreneur to seek in his employees - ability or dependability? What should be more important?

 

Well skilled employees provide abilities for a growing organization to build the competencies in various functional areas. An Entrepreneur does not have time to train people, thus employees with ready skills are an asset. However, there is no assurance that employees with abilities are always reliable or dependable.

 

An Entrepreneur needs to be able to rely on his employees to do their assigned tasks without constant supervision, absences, tardiness, and so on. Dependable employees, despite some known weaknesses, offer the Entrepreneur a comfort level that he/she can rely upon.

 

It would be ideal to have all employees possess high skills and also be reliable. In the absence of such, an Entrepreneur has to build a workforce that optimally blends a pool of employees with ability and dependability.

 

If such an optimal situation cannot be created, whom would you rather have - able or dependable employees?

 

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