Thursday, 29 July 2021
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


For any business to succeed, it is important that they identify and nurture high-performing employees because they are capable of delivering more than an average employee. They are always willing to do more than what their job entails, which clearly makes them an asset.

Not only do they perform well in their jobs, but become an inspiration for those around them. This creates a domino effect where other employees too feel the need to upgrade themselves and be more productive. This greatly benefits the company in the long run.

But what makes an employee a high performer? Here are five common traits that distinguish them from others:

1. Willing to grow:

The biggest secret of high performing employees is their inherent desire to keep expanding their skill sets. This ensures they take company L&D programs seriously and make the most of them. Businesses should ensure they offer training through easy to use platforms so employees feel interested in learning.

For instance, let's consider HSI which is a highly popular HSEQ platform used for safety and compliance training. The HSI reviews clearly reflect that the companies that use it were able to foster better compliance in the workplace because of how easy to use the platform is. If the platform is complicated, it may get challenging to get employees to learn anything.

2. Strong time management:

A high performing employee knows the worth of their time. They strive to ensure they make the best use of their time and be as productive as possible by organizing their work well. They identify their hyper-productive hours and ensure they utilize them well.

They are able to segregate the priority tasks from the less important ones and accomplish them accordingly based on the deadlines. Since they are aware of what is lined up for them in the coming hours, it allows them to work calmly and not out of stress.

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3. Excellent soft skills:

One of the most important skills that every high performer has is great people skills. They are capable of conveying their thoughts and ideas in the correct way. This helps them avoid confusion when discussing work.

Because of their communication skills, they are able to develop good connections with their team members and collaborate effectively. This helps in enhancing their work quality and makes them more efficient.

4. Exhibit trustworthy behaviors:

Managers need to know that when they entrust an employee with responsibility, they will give in their very best efforts to do it. When an employee delivers what they promised, it makes it easy for the manager to rely on them.

At the same time, they take accountability for their mistakes and work on improving their shortcomings. They don’t try to shift the blame or try to hog the limelight by taking credit for someone else’s work.

5. Eye for detail:

The employees who stand out from the rest are usually those who research in detail about what they are doing. Since they spend more time on research and less on complaining, they are generally the ones who come up with better solutions for obstacles in the workflow.

This means they pay great attention to detail which allows them to deliver work that is of great quality. They are able to understand work delegated by the manager and discover ways to do it successfully on their own.


Above everything else, high performing employees are dedicated to achieving their targets and constantly improve their performance. They are not afraid to step up and take new responsibilities. This sets them apart from the majority and makes them an obvious choice for promotions.




In the last 24 hours, six new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

These are three males and three females - four people from Dubrovnik and two from Ploče.

In the last 24 hours, 419 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 87,166 samples have been analysed.

One person from Kula Norinska made a full recovery.

Five people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

197 people are in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been seven violations of the self-isolation measure (four at the border).


At the session of the Tourist Council of the Tourist Board of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the situation with the tourist season was discussed, concluding that the current results are significantly better than 2020, but still significantly worse than 2019, the year before the pandemic.

“The only solution for the success of this tourist season, and thus the recovery of the economy, is vaccination, but while our tourism workers are aware of the need for vaccination and they are well vaccinated, the total vaccination coverage in the county is only 45 percent, which is not enough,” stated the tourist board.

Thus, from this session of the Tourist Council, an invitation was sent to everyone to get vaccinated and protect their health, the health of their fellow citizens and tourists, and thus enable a positive tourist season.

“There is a great danger that the season will end prematurely this year as well, if we do not achieve sufficient vaccination and thus open the possibility of an increase in the number of infected people again,” stated the council.

It was also emphasized that the County Tourist Board, if the British market is opened, which is one of the most important for the whole region, will increase promotions with its partners there.


Dubrovnik is looking forward to a big weekend with the opening of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival on Saturday. The festival will see more than 60 cultural events held over a 45-day period in and around the city and is certainly the highlight of the cultural calendar in the city.

The ceremonial opening of the 72nd Dubrovnik Summer Festival will take place on Saturday, followed by the always popular fireworks display over the Old City.

And after the traditional fireworks display a concert will be held at 10:30pm by the popular Croatian rock group Crvena jabuka in front of the St. Blaise Church. However, only people who either hold the Covid-19 digital certificate, or possess a negative Covid-19 test not older than 72 hours and have proof that they have recovered from the virus, will be allowed to enter the concert.


In June, 40 percent more job advertisements were published than in the same period of pre-pandemic 2019, which is a clear sign of market recovery and a return to labour demand, announced the online recruitment website MojPosao on Wednesday.

“In May, the demand for labour, for the first time since the pandemic, surpassed the 2019 figures, however, it was just an overture to what followed in June when as many as 40 percent more job advertisements were published than in the same month pre-pandemic 2019,” the statement said.

They point out that the analysis of the entire employment market, taking into account the total number of published job vacancies, shows clear signs of a market recovery and a return to labour demand figures from pre-pandemic 2019.

“In the last few months, there has been a delay in additional seasonal employment of workers. Namely, until recently, the tourist season was uncertain, which is why a large number of companies waited for the last minute to find seasonal workers" points out the director of the MojPosao portal Igor Žonja, when commenting on the increase in the number of ads in June.

Yesterday, the Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, received the General Manager of Turkish Airlines for Croatia, Uğur Cantimura, who recently took over the management of the Dubrovnik representative office.

Mayor Franković and Director Cantimur discussed the current situation in the tourist travel market, with a special emphasis on the development of mutual partnership and the continuation of operations in the off-season, which both sides consider crucial and necessary, due to the fact that Istanbul is an extremely important hub.


The General Manager of Turkish Airlines for the Croatian market played an active and notable role in the company's arrival in the Dubrovnik area, and in early July the carrier resumed traffic between Istanbul and Dubrovnik.

Regular flights on this route currently operate twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Maintaining the line with Istanbul and the operation of Turkish Airlines in Dubrovnik is important because of the rich network of lines that this company maintains, especially with distant markets in Asia and the United States.

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, nine new cases of coronavirus infection have been reported in the last 24 hours.

These are four males and five females; six people are from Dubrovnik and one each from Konavle, Ston and Ploce.

In the last 24 hours, 289 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 86,747 samples have been analysed.

Five people made a full recovery - three from Metković, one from Dubrovnik and one person who does not reside in the county.

Five people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

210 people are in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, three violations of the self-isolation measure were recorded, at the border.


Slowly but surely tourism is returning to all parts of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, and figures just released from the borough of Župa dubrovačka are encouraging. In June 4,861 tourists arrived in the borough just south of Dubrovnik and achieved 20,573 overnight stays. The most numerous foreign tourists were from Germany, followed by Americans, Polish and Russians.

This June was clearly much better than the same month last year when the pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions greatly affected the tourism industry. In fact, in terms of numbers June was 300 percent better than last year, but when compared to 2019, which is a more relevant comparison, the number of tourists was only 23 percent.

9,134 overnight stays were realized in private accommodation, 7,127 in hotels, 2,348 in other facilities, 1,099 in camps, and 865 overnight stays in non-commercial accommodation.


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