The moment you hand in your two weeks notice, the company offers you a blank check and an open job description. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? It is a true story and it can happen to you. To do so you need to make yourself an indispensable employee. Being indispensable is defined as not subject to being set aside or neglected and absolutely necessary. There are thousands of articles on how to go about becoming an indispensable employee at work.
This blog article has 17 quick tips that if followed diligently can nearly guarantee your rise to the top of the pack. Do you want to be indispensable to your company? If so, keep reading.
- Always look your best.
- “Yes, and…” More popularly used by improvisational comics, the “yes, and” approach can do wonders for your career. To illustrate this concept in an example, if you were asked to find a venue for a company holiday party, you would not just look for one place. You would find 3 potential venues, their pricing, potential food, and entertainment. The “and” takes you and your career to another level.
- Being early to everything and with every project.
- Bring solutions, not just complaints or ideas.
- De-stress before your fire off that email. You know which email I am talking about.
- Allow yourself the ability to understand both sides.
- Be nice.
- Remember that everyone, including your boss, is your customer.
- Take every opportunity you can to present your work and solutions. If there are not many opportunities, make them.
- Talk with others like they are human, because they are. Do not talk down to those below you and do not be afraid to talk to those above you.
- Make it a point to have lunch or coffee with many different types of people inside your company and out. Do not out yourself in one clique. The thoughts and feelings of and towards that group can affect you both positively and negatively.
- Stay neutral if high stress topics like religion and politics arise. Everyone has the right to an opinion.
- Watch your language. This may seem a little outdated but it still holds true with many working professionals. They will appreciate your ability to stay cool and laugh it off.
- Do not procrastinate.
- Show your appreciation. Whether it is bringing in coffee and bagels after the conclusion of a stressful project or sending a simple thank you email, it makes a difference.
- Find your ability to make change in the business. Everyone has the power.
Nobody is perfect, but with a little drive and determination you can implement a majority of these 17 quick tips. You could be filling out that blank check one day, maybe even while sitting in the corner office. The power is within you to change your personal brand. Which tip will you start with first?