Invaluable. Meaning something is indispensable, vital, and necessary to daily operations. This is what you want to be to your employer. But getting to that point does take a lot of work and loads of dedication on your part. So if you’re looking to not only safeguard the job that you love, but also be of value to your boss and coworkers, this is how it’s done.
Becoming an invaluable employee begins with a desire to learn
This probably doesn’t come as a shock to you, but employers love employees that take it upon themselves to learn. You can have the all of the desire in the world, but without taking the initiative, your aspirations go to waste. So volunteer to tackle new tasks or projects, volunteer to attend that webinar or conference you’re not that interested in, and volunteer to add new responsibilities to your job description when the times arise.
While these small gestures can seem to go unnoticed, over time it becomes part of your personal brand and who you are as an employee, which is definitely of value.
Becoming an invaluable employee continues with innovation
So you’ve tackled your current job, as well as some new responsibilities with grace. Step it up a notch by showing your innovative and creative mindset. Everyone has the ability to be innovative. An example to get you started might include figuring out a new, more cost-effective solutions to everyday problems in the office, small and large. Think about your coworkers, customers, stakeholders, the public, and higher administration at your workplace. I’m sure something immediately comes to mind that could be improved.
The possibilities for innovation are endless and if you stumble upon something helpful, you may be able to create a niche for yourself within your company.
Becoming an invaluable employee has much more to do with compatibility than you might think
Sure, you’ve been a great asset to your coworkers, you’ve met all the requirements set forth in your job description, and your employee reviews are always great. But at the end of the day, being an invaluable employee has just as much to do with likability and compatibility as it does with skill and drive.
If you’re not saying “please” and “thank you,” add it to your workplace vocabulary. Find something in common with your boss and coworkers that you can chat about and just be a pleasure to work with in your day-to-day work.
Becoming invaluable to your employer takes time. So don’t expect to be treated like a king or queen. Your work and dedication will garner you that respect and comfort within your job, so that if the opportunity arises, you can create positions and projects for yourself because you’re just that good!
Would you consider yourself an invaluable employee? If so, what makes you invaluable?
Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources technologies. She is also the instructor of Find Me A Job: How To Score A Job Before Your Friends, author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011) and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets.