While we may be starting to climb our way out of recession, the economic climate has created a new working environment for everyone – regardless of age, position or job function. These days you need to be accountable for yourself and stay relevant to your business to ensure you don’t become replaceable.
In order to make yourself indispensable, take a look at the following tips:
Be a team player
In a competitive environment it can be easy to take all the credit you’re given and be selfish with projects. While this may initially work in your favour, in the long term your co-workers will resent you and won’t want to work with you. Try to assess how you can best leverage your strengths to benefit your team, while understanding your co-worker’s strengths and how they can all work together.
Develop your soft skills
‘Soft skills’ is another term for emotional intelligence and refers to the way you communicate and handle situations. While many employees simply focus on improving hard skills and qualifications, managers complain that soft skills are being forgotten, even though 61% of employers said soft skills are more important when promotions are being considered. Develop yours by putting yourself in as many social situations as possible and asking for feedback.
Do more than is expected
Try to expand your role from within and be more than your job description. If you spend every day doing what you did the day before, it will be hard to convince your manager you are an asset. Take on projects that play to your strengths and look out for opportunities your company isn’t taking advantage of.
Expand your network
It is important not to limit yourself to one group of people within your company. Ensure you are connecting to people in other departments and even outside of your company. Not only will this help you continue to learn and grow from others’ experiences, it provides you with a safety net should you lose your job and need contacts in the industry.
An experienced business coach could help you develop crucial skills within your workplace to make you indispensable. To find out more, please see our Business Coaching page.
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