The world is no doubt a wild ride riddled with uncertainty. We experience unexpected situations in our lives ranging from family to finances, it’s no secret that it gets occasionally overwhelming.
Hence, job security is a major concern for so many employees in today’s workforce. Knowing that so many positions are being outsourced, cut, or revamped, makes it difficult to believe that anybody’s job is safe. This puts pressure on employees to put in extra work to ensure that they are indispensable to the company they work for. An indispensable employee also has a degree of liberty to request for certain liberties such as better pay.
If you desire to make yourself indispensable at your job, we’ve highlighted seven ways that will ensure you never go out of style at work:
- Be willing to do the dirty work
A lot of employees tend to handpick the easiest tasks for themselves to ensure they get paid for as little work as possible. You cannot do this if you want to be considered important and, by extension, indispensable.
You have to be willing to get your hands dirty by taking on as many ‘tough’ jobs as possible. If others say no to a task, you should be saying yes. This gives your boss the impression that you are passionate about the company despite the difficulty of the task.
- Master a skill and monopolize it
One of the surest ways to be indispensable is being the best at a particular skill. It could be learning a new language or graphic designing. Learning a skill that is not required for your career path or position gives you extra points in the eyes of your supervisors, but you can also choose to focus on skills relating to your career. Learning new skills also improves your chances of getting a new job if you ever decide to leave.
- Play to your strengths
In as much as you want to be the star employee, make sure your superiors are aware of your strengths. The goal is to be the go-to person for certain tasks, not a dumping ground for everyone’s jobs. Don’t try to force yourself into roles that don’t fit or to learn skills that you’ll never really master. While this may sound counter to advice that you must get out of your comfort zone to grow, it’s more a matter of knowing your strengths.
- Make your boss’ job easier
Especially that of your immediate superiors as they would put in a good word for you when you are recommended for official benefits such as promotions. Hence, make sure you accomplish all tasks on time and accept corrections whenever you make mistakes. As much as possible, help your boss when needed. This proves that you are dedicated to your work and the company at large. Thus, they would do almost anything to keep you happy and in the system.
- Be of value to your fellow employees
Try your best to be valuable to your fellow employees by making time for questions, mentorship or the occasional help. Sometimes, daily smiles, or “how are you?” to peers and juniors can set you apart as a great colleague or supervisor. They can also recommend you for opportunities within and outside the company.
- Set high standards for your work
As much as you want to submit all tasks in time, make sure they are of (extremely) high quality. If you have to choose between submitting on time, and quality, choose quality. Because even though you submit on time, your boss might have to return it to you for correction and editing. However, try as much as possible to deliver quality work by the due date.
- Stay up-to-date
Try as much as possible to stay up-to-date on current events, including the latest trends in your craft, your industry, and the overall economy. Felix Tarcomnicu of Huffington Post writes that understanding the market and how your company performs against competitors is critical for an employee who seeks to be indispensable.
By strictly following these seven points, you are well on your way to being the indispensable perfect employee.