How essential are you to your employer?
For the past several years, we’ve lived in a mode where seemingly nobody’s job is safe. And with labor costs comprising the vast majority of a company’s operating costs, there’s (unfortunately) good reason for employees at all levels to be concerned about job security.
When employers have to let workers go, they typically start with employees they consider “non-essential.” The best way to stay out of this category is by making yourself indispensable on the job. Here’s how:
- Make your boss look good. Your direct supervisor is the most critical person to your success in the workplace. Like it or not, your success is closely linked to his. If you want to keep your job, get a raise or earn a promotion, one of the smartest things you can do is make your boss look good. Do what he asks, when he asks it. Try to anticipate his needs. Talk him up to his supervisor.
- Go above and beyond the call of duty. If you want to cultivate value, respect and trust in the workplace, develop an entrepreneurial spirit on the job. Volunteer for additional assignments or identify opportunities to improve products, processes or services within your company. Make a habit of doing more than what you’re asked to do.
- Honor your commitments. Meet your deadlines. Do what you say you’re going to do. If you make a mistake on the job, find a way to fix it and take responsibility for implementing the solution. When you develop a reputation of under-promising and over-delivering, you greatly increase your value to your employer.
- Maintain a positive attitude, even when under pressure. Smile. Approach your work with an upbeat attitude. When problems or stress start to mount, don’t fall victim to negative thoughts/talk/actions about your situation. Instead of being part of the problem, be a part of the solution. If you are unconstructive or unhelpful on the job, you give your employer good reason to look for your replacement.
- Take responsibility for your own career development. In today’s “right-sizing” workplace, don’t rely on anyone else to safeguard or guide you in your career. Be proactive in protecting your job by: learning new skills; finding a mentor to help you develop and grow professionally; investing in training and development courses in your areas of expertise; staying on top of industry trends that may impact you or your organization.
- Be a team player. Look for ways to improve communications and increase the value of your role in any team of which you’re a part. Always support your boss and your team. Most importantly, try to avoid the petty arguments with co-workers that may jeopardize the success of your work – and ultimately your job.
- Try to excel in areas where others are weak. Look for tasks your boss considers unpleasant, or isn’t particularly skilled at, and volunteer to take them on. Examine your co-workers’ proficiencies and try to strengthen your skills in areas where they are weak. Become an expert in a relevant subject that will make you a more valuable employee. When you possess skills, experience and/or knowledge others don’t, you make yourself that much more indispensable.
Become an Indispensable Part of Your Next Team with UNITEMP
UNITEMP can match you with a great New Jersey administrative, technical or professional temporary, temp-to-hire or contract opportunity that can put you on the path to career success. Contact UNITEMP today, and use the tips above to become an indispensable part of your next work team.