Do you want to know how to be indispensable at your workplace? Have you ever worked in an organization where key decisions cannot be taken without your presence?
Have you ever worked in a place where management or staff meetings cannot be held in your absence?
If yes, then that’s what I call being indispensable!
Your views have to be sought before any key decision is implemented.
You’re often nominated to be part of every committee at the office and you’re seen by your employer and colleagues as the face of the organization
Being indispensable has its positives and negatives.
It earns you rewards like bonuses, awards, and promotion while it could also put you in the bad book of jealous colleagues and superiors.
So you’ve got to be careful!
Here are some tips on how to be indispensable at your workplace:
This is the first rule of business.
Punctuality is the soul of business.
Strive to be the first to get to work, meetings and other official functions.
Make sure you arrive at appointments before your boss.
This will earn you the respect of your boss and colleagues and you will always be called upon to represent the organization at very important meetings and functions.
Be ready to work overtime
Working overtime means spending extra time at work or staying beyond the official closing hour.
While some organizations pay for overtime work, others do not.
But appreciation of overtime work comes in forms other than money.
It obviously shows that you are loyal to the organization; committed to the attainment of organizational goals and you can be relied upon when committed and reliable hands are needed to execute a project.
However, inasmuch as overtime is good, overwork is not desirable.
So you should be careful not to compromise your health and well being, otherwise, you’ll end up spending one week at work and two weeks on the sick bed.
Versatility is the most desirable quality of an indispensable staff.
You must possess the ability, capacity and the willingness to do almost everything at your workplace.
You should know a bit of every task and every service rendered by your organization, and be ready to take up new assignments and challenges.
You must not be caught saying “I can’t do this” or “This is too difficult for me…” It’s just like the way we desire and appreciate multi-purpose machines.
We want a 3-in-1 printer – one that can print, scan and make the photocopy.
The same thing goes for employers.
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Most employers desire and appreciate staff that can multitask effectively without complaining.
So be ready to multitask!
The steps above might look difficult, but at the end of the day, they open so many doors for you.
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