Feeling very secure in your job can be comforting and exciting. However, job security isn’t what it used to be and becoming an indispensable part of a company is extremely difficult.
It is possible to become indispensable and it’s mostly based on having a great reputation within your company. This means making a visible and real effort to contribute, both your team and with the company. It’s a bit of a paradox; you need to focus on making a difference with other people, so you can benefit personally.
Below are a few ways you can increase your job security and work your way towards becoming an indispensable employee.
Put Others First
When you go the extra mile for other people, they’re likely to return the favor or at least hold a high opinion of you. Reach out to your co-workers and see if they need help, before they reach out to you for a favor. Help might include anything from an extra pair of hands to solving a problem to providing information.
If you’re looking to become an indispensable employee, you should help others without expecting anything in return. Helping out others and then turning around and asking for something in return will make you seem self-serving, which can damage your reputation and hurt your chances of earning goodwill with offers of help in the future.
Hence, while putting others first can make you indispensable, it’s best to forget about it. Instead, think about taking joy from helping others and watching them succeed.
Hold Yourself to a High Standard
Companies that are downsizing look to cut people that add the least amount of value to the organization. People with a basic work ethic, who do just enough to stay out of trouble, could very easily find themselves on the chopping block.
Make yourself more valuable to your employer by going above and beyond whenever possible. Regularly take on extra tasks and be sure to follow through on the commitments you make. If you find that a few extra small duties are easy to handle, push yourself to take on bigger and more impactful extra duties.
It’s important not to sit on your hands or expect others to recognize you are capable of doing more. Reach out to others and offer your assistance and insight.
Be Willing to Adjust
In helping out others and taking on greater responsibility, you’re bound to make mistakes. Making yourself indispensable is a skill, and it’s probably going to take you some time to master that skill. Being willing to see your mistakes and adjust is a critical part of being valuable to an employer.
No matter how bad your mistake is or how inefficient you feel, it’s important to learn as you go and make adjustments. Remember that your career is a marathon, not a sprint: It’s important to stay positive and appreciate the journey.
At Action Group Staffing, we are always there to support our contract workers, helping them to become indispensable contributors for our clients. If you’re currently looking for help in taking the next step on your career path, please contact us today and find out how we can be of assistance.