In today’s competitive labour force, how can one secure one’s position in the workplace? Truthfully, it’s not possible to be 100% sure. However, you can take steps to improve your perceived value at work, and hopefully become irreplaceable!
Here are a few things that you can try:
8 Ways to Make Yourself Irreplaceable at Work
Make your manager’s job easier
Put yourself in your boss’ shoes. What would you, as a boss, hope to see from your employees? When we align ourselves towards a similar goal, we begin to work as a team, focusing on productivity, which makes the company more efficient in achieving results, and making you more indispensable in the company.
Understand that your manager has a lot on his or her plate. Hence, help him to lighten his load by taking over the responsibilities that you can handle off them. This way, they can focus on their managerial duties and other tasks that is not within your scope. When you’ve taken on the tasks, be reliable. Ensure that you accomplish it well and on time. Build trust between him/her and you. Also, try and cover your boss’ blind spots. Your aim is to make them look good by adding value to the wider team. They’re more likely to keep you if there was ever a debate, and it’s very important to have someone with influence on your side at work.
Volunteer yourself for key projects
Proactivity is the key. However, smart volunteering will optimize your volunteering efforts. To do so, you have to align your priorities with your company’s priorities. Find projects that derives success from your company substantially and tackle them first. This shows your team that you are dedicated, and accentuates your value. By volunteering for more projects, you also widen your exposure to the wider business as you get to interact with different people from different departments, learning about aspects of the company that you previously were not aware of.
Think about what you can do that others can’t. Thereafter, monopolize it. Take time to invest in them and use them more frequently. Aim to be the go-to person for that area and strengthen the skills to be the master of that trade in your company. You can also develop complementary skills, so that when the opportunity arises, you’d be competent enough to fulfil a task single-handedly, making you a valuable asset to the company.
It’s easy to complain. Complaining about problems is basically airing grievances with no intent to resolve them and denying yourself the opportunity to grow. Majority of us fall into the trap of complaining. Or maybe we had been spoon fed with solutions our whole lives that we didn’t get the opportunity to develop our problem-solving skills. Well, here’s your opportunity! Make a conscious effort to ask yourself, “what can be done to make this situation better?” Then, suggest it to your team and take action from there.
Have a great attitude
Having a great attitude will take you a long way. Not just in your career, but in all aspects of your life. It gives you a new, positive outlook on life, which helps you feel more ready to take on any challenges that lie ahead of you. It also minimizes the pity parties you throw for yourself, making you a happier person in general, and giving you the confidence to overcome the situation that you’re in. In your career, it will turn obstacles into motivation to perform better, to be more hardworking and ensuring that the work you submit is of good value, and to take pride in your work.
Build relationship with senior managers and your co-workers
Earlier, we mentioned the importance of having someone with influence on your side at work. Building relationship with senior managers is another effective way to achieve that. They not only can secure your position in the company, but can also help you with promotions at work. Hence, make yourself known in the company. Prove yourself worthy to not just your supervisor, but to your co-workers as well. Credibility comes through endorsements from your peers. It would definitely speak more of you if praises came from your peers’ mouths instead of just yours.
Invest in your own growth
Recognize the importance of constant learning and how it leads to progress. Make the effort to never stop learning in order to continue growing. Stay up-to-date with technology and trends to be relevant. Get to know what your direct competitors are doing to stay ahead in the market. Even basic assets like oral and written communication skills can be improved if you put in the effort to. This will help you to be an invaluable asset not just to your company, but everywhere else as well. You can do so by picking up skills through watching tutorial videos, asking for guidance from a mentor, or even signing up for trainings that would benefit you in the areas you’d like to advance in.
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Seek out opportunities to learn
Bear in mind that no one is truly indispensable. Hence, never be complacent. The danger comes when people start to overestimate their skills and abilities, and think that they’re better than everyone, that there’s no one like them. Pride comes before a downfall. Hence, stay humble, keep learning, and be committed to constant progress.
Building Credibility and Value Takes Time
There’s no better day than today to begin adding value to yourself in your company. However, keep in mind that it’s impossible for situations to change overnight. Be patient with yourself as you work towards indispensability!
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