Do These 8 Things to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work

By Chelsea Babin

You don’t just want to be seen as someone who can get the job done; you want to be seen as an indispensable part of your company. In order to be the kind of employee that seems essential to the office, that seems like the kind of person the office can’t function without, you need to do one or more of these 8 things.

1. Regularly Review Yourself: You can’t be indispensable at work if you’re not aware of how well you’re doing. Annual reviews are the standard at most companies but you can conduct self reviews on a regular basis to make sure you’re exceeding expectations and reaching the goals you’re setting for yourself. Following through on what you say you’re going to do is one of the best ways to be seen as an indispensable and reliable employee.

2. Fine Tune Your Performance: Once you’ve reviewed your performance and seen where you’re at, you need to fine tune and make adjustments. Using this regular self-review to regularly improve and find ways to make yourself more efficient and productive is important if you want to make yourself indispensable at work.

3. Raise the Bar: When you set new goals for yourself at work, make sure they’re pushing you to improve on your past performance. Raising the bar on a regular basis will help make you an indispensable employee because you’ll always be more efficient, more productive, or more skilled than the year before.

4. Share Your Opinions and Speak Up: Sharing your opinions can make you indispensable at work but knowing when to speak up and ask questions can do the same. If you have ideas, pitch them. If you have questions, ask them. If you want to fully understand project requirements and make sure your skills and performance are being optimized, sharing your opinions and ideas and speaking up is essential.

5. Own Your Projects: Taking ownership of your work is essential if you want to be seen as irreplaceable and valuable at work. Take full responsibility for the work you do and make sure the projects you work on are completed well, on time, and have the company, customers, or clients best interest in mind.

6. Keep an Eye on Company Goals: Do your skills align well with the company’s goals and where they’re heading? Are you always aware of company goals and making sure your work lines up with those goals? Ask yourself these questions and keep an eye on company goals if you want to be an indispensable employee.

7. Lend a Hand When You Can: Prioritizing your own workload is fine but, if you really want to be seen as indispensable, you have to be willing to lend a hand when you can. Ask if your coworkers or your boss needs an extra set of eyes or hands on a project when you have some spare time. Helping others will increase your value at work because you’ll be seen as the kind of person who can do a wide variety of things and can fit in many different projects or teams.

If you’re seen as indispensable at work, you’re often seen as irreplaceable, which gives you the stability you want and the opportunity for career advancement you’ve been searching for. Do these 8 things if you want to make yourself indispensable on the job!

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