The 4 secrets of indispensable employees

The 4 secrets of indispensable employees

Let your imagination run wild and put yourself in this situation:

You are a typical yuppie with a full-time, high-paying job. You get things done and would gladly put in the extra time and effort just to finish a task. You go the extra mile when needed and don’t shy away from the day-to-day challenges at work. Then suddenly, for reasons unknown, you suddenly stop going to work. For several days, no one hears from you. You just disappear.

Would it matter to the team that you were gone? Or it wouldn’t affect the company at all?

There are times where we may feel our efforts at work are not valued at all. The worst feeling for an employee is to feel that he/she is ignored, or worse, seen as someone completely irrelevant. The best way to banish these feelings is to not dwell on them, but instead find solutions to turn yourself into a better performer in the office. Don’t wait until things have gone to the waste basket before you do something. Act fast to salvage your reputation and turn yourself into an A+ employee!

With closure and retrenchments becoming an everyday occurrence, no one can absolutely say they are safe from getting the axe at work. However, you may turn the tides in your favour if you follow these tips to turn yourself into an indispensable employee.

Be innovative

To survive in an ever-changing job marketplace and economy, one has to be innovative to stand out, and the same principle applies in the workplace. The ability to be creative and to look at things from a different perspective results to new ideas – something the modern office is always in need of from their employees. Along with the continual evolving of technology, a workforce that has fresh insights and a flexible attitude is highly prized indeed.

Being innovative doesn’t just mean being able to create new things or brainstorm ideas. You can also show innovation by being proactive in your quest to learn new things. You may, for example, sign up for workshop classes or listen to podcasts to learn the latest tricks of your trade.

Share what you know

A good team player is always sought after in the workplace, and being a good team player includes helping out his colleagues by sharing his time and skills. Extending a helping hand to someone in need in the workplace fosters camaraderie and solidarity which are the essentials of a winning team.

By opening yourself up to others, it also increases your likability in the office. You’ll always be known as that cool guy or girl who is always on hand to help out a colleague, and that would translate to having people wanting to work with you. Practicing kindness, after all, should be the way we live our lives.

Reach out and network

Here’s where the old saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” rings the most true. Networking is not just useful during the job search process – it’s also a great way to find yourself security in the workplace. Courtesy and sincerity goes a long way when dealing with your co-workers, and it can help you earn great connections in the workplace in the process.

Be open to different people from different levels in the office food chain as much as possible. Whether it’s the CEO or that new intern who just graduated a week ago – each one holds as much value as the other and deserves equal amounts of respect and understanding.  

Stand out

Nothing beats good ‘ol hard work as the number one trait that qualifies you as an indispensable employee in the workforce. Excelling at your role means they’d think twice about ignoring or firing you. Let your great performance speak for you that people would want to keep you a whole lot longer than those who may be just coasting through. The best way to do this is to do your job well, and then go and give an extra 10% to your 100%. Get your work done and push yourself to go the extra mile. Be the best at what you do that people would turn to you and look at you, not just as a capable worker but as an indispensable member of the company.

These are just some of the ways you can ensure your value in the workplace. By doing so, you are not only securing your place but more importantly you are able to empower yourself by never settling for mediocrity, and instead setting yourself on a path of excellence.


Further reading: 

Tips for job seekers to stand out from the crowd

5 career resolutions you need to make for 2017

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