With the cost of living ever on the rise, job security’s extremely important. Here are 5 ways to make yourself indispensable at work.
Just about everyone is feeling the crunch of rising costs right now. From interest rates to groceries to petrol, no area is immune.
In times like these, a regular and stable income is increasingly important. It’s a key way to help you not only budget appropriately, but have a little extra security in navigating potential future price rises.
One approach to increase your job security is by being indispensable at work. What follows are a few important ways you can illustrate your employee value.
1. Demonstrate Exceptional Work Ethics
Being indispensable at work doesn’t necessarily mean you’re the most skilled at your job. It can mean you know how to showcase your value by committing to key work ethics, such as being reliable and trustworthy.
As an example, always strive to do what you say you will whether that’s hitting your monthly sales targets or showing up to your weekly team meetings on time. By being reliable, your colleagues and managers naturally come to trust you, knowing they can count on your words and actions. And a trusted employee isn’t one you’d easily let go.
You might like to also consider how you can go above and beyond in your role. By going the extra mile, whether it’s accepting extra responsibilities or looking for ways to boost team morale, it’s clear you’re committed to your work and the greater company.
It’s important to note that going the extra mile doesn’t have to come at the expense of your work-life balance, particularly if you work smarter, not harder. Be proactive (another great work ethic!) by considering ways you can up your productivity.
An example might be minimising distractions, like only checking your phone for personal messages or scrolling your socials at specific break times. It could be looking at your time management and using a work scheduling app to increase your efficiency. It should be taking your breaks during the day and regular annual leave, as this refresh and reset is essential for optimal productivity.
2. Develop Your Soft Skills
Even in this world of rapid technological advances, soft skills remain supremely important. It could be argued they’re even more important than hard skills – a Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand survey of over 1,200 businesses ranked the most important employee skills as communication, problem-solving and adaptability.
It’s a savvy move to devote some time and effort to honing your soft skill set to increase your employee value. Some examples are:
How are you faring on the communication front? If you’re not sure, pay close attention to how colleagues and managers respond to your conversations with them, both in-person and electronically. Do they seem consistently receptive and positive? Or is it the opposite? You could also directly ask them for constructive feedback on your communication style and work on making improvements if needed.
A large part of your manager’s role is problem-solving, which can come with a mountain of headaches at times. By developing your problem-solving skill set, you can help alleviate their stress and in the process firmly cement your value in the company. Stay on the lookout for ways you can improve processes and procedures within your own team, as well as spot workflow problems with other teams and brainstorm possible solutions.
Whether you’re a Sales Rep, Call Centre Advisor or Office Manager, becoming a master collaborator ensures continued success. Aim to regularly include others, ask for their input and most importantly implement their suggestions where you can. If you notice a colleague struggling with their workload, offer your help. It might be taking on one of their shifts or collating and presenting sales results at the weekly team meeting on their behalf.
3. Become Your Office ‘Go-To’
You already possess a wealth of job-specific skills, but consider if there might be a niche area where you can become (or already are) the company expert.
It might or might not directly relate to your current role. Perhaps you’re a maestro when it comes to using a particular feature of your team’s CRM or have a real talent for creating in-depth and value-added sales spreadsheets. It might be as simple as knowing how to fix the constantly disconnected office printer!
Whatever it may be, you can really increase your value by becoming your company’s go-to person.
4. Keep Up Your Professional Development
Staying ahead of the game when it comes to industry best practices and trends is a smart way to make yourself indispensable. Chat with your manager to see what additional learning opportunities there are within the business, as well as formal training courses, seminars or workshops.
Also consider looking for a mentoring opportunity within your organisation. This can be a formal setup or just a regular coffee with someone you admire in a management position. The information you learn will be invaluable and you’ll also have the opportunity to build a relationship with a senior member of staff.
5. Nurture Work Relationships
It doesn’t matter whether you work remotely, in person or a little of both developing your professional relationships can make you a valuable company asset.
In projecting positivity, others will naturally enjoy interacting with you. They’ll gravitate to you, wanting to include you in projects or seek your advice when it comes time to make an important decision.
Try to nurture all your work relationships, including colleagues, management, clients and those in other departments. When chatting or connecting online, show interest, actively listen and engage, and offer solutions or help where appropriate.
Take the time to acknowledge and appreciate. If someone helped you out when you were under the pump, thank them. If a team member did more than expected, recognise it by complimenting them. You might also like to let your manager know you appreciate their support – it’s rewarding for them to see their actions have a positive impact.
Spending some time upskilling in one or more of these five key areas will greatly help you become indispensable at work. And in doing so, you’ll increase your job security – a huge bonus in these trying times.
Should you need an extra hand when it comes to being indispensable at work, feel free to get in touch with one of our recruitment specialists. We have plenty of experience in not only placing candidates in temp jobs and permanent roles but ensuring they succeed in the long term. That’s the ideal outcome for all parties involved – our candidates, our clients and us!