Making Yourself Invaluable

April 15th, 2013

Think about the things that are invaluable to you.  The ones you must have in order to survive. Sure, you probably have lots of stuff that you really like, lots of things that are okay, lots of good stuff…but what about the really great stuff? If the house was on fire, these would be the items you’d grab and take with you before you escaped.

Now, put yourself in your employer’s shoes and consider this question. If he or she had to pick only the employees that were absolutely necessary to the company, would you be on that list? If not, how could you change your status to be among the really great ones?

Be a Value-Added Employee

The more you meet – and exceed – your employer’s needs, the more likely you are to secure your place on the company’s Really Great List. Your goal is to add value to your organization. In the words of business philosopher Jim Rohn, “you don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to that hour.”

Value-added employees:

  • Look for more to do and ways to improve their job and their company. Consider how you can contribute to making your business more profitable, more efficient and more competitive.
  • Continually seek learning opportunities. Learn more than what’s required to do your job. Read all you can, talk to experts, and master all the knowledge possible about your industry and innovations in your field. Stay current and become the most sought-after subject-matter expert in your area.
  • Anticipate problems and solutions before they arise. Be ready with answers when the time comes, to avoid stressful situations and stand out as a team player and a leader.
  • Support and care about others and give credit where due. While taking steps toward your own achievements and success, help others reach their goals as well.
  • Volunteer for additional responsibilities. Chair or play an active role on task forces, committees and other initiatives to help your company improve.
  • Be amiable and mature. Don’t let petty quarrels or personality differences get in the way of work.
  • Be a good ambassador. Never talk poorly about your company, no matter how quirky things may seem or how rough a day you’ve had. Instead, channel that emotion into making a positive change.

Listen to Your Coach

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