101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work: Be Dependable

Let your boss down once, and it is a strike against you. Repeatedly let her down and your career will suffer. Don’t leave a string of unfinished tasks, broken promises, and unacceptable work. Build a reputation as someone who is unfailingly dependable—someone who can be counted on to keep his word and do the job right. If you say you will do a task, do it. Follow through to completion when you take on a project or challenge. If you have a deadline to meet, meet it. If you make promises, keep them.

When you are not sure you can deliver on a task or a promise, do not commit to it. Always make sure you understand what is expected of you so that you know whether you can deliver the expected results on time. If you discover that you can’t succeed on your own, ask someone for help or guidance so that you can deliver as promised.

Be someone supervisors can approach with an important, demanding task by efficiently completing your basic duties every day. Put your best effort into each and every job you do.

When you finish a job, follow up to ensure it was completed satisfactorily. If it wasn’t, determine what you need to do to address the problems and then fix them. You may not always feel like finishing a project or following up on it, but doing so will show you are dependable and committed to success.

101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work. 101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work, ISBN: 9781435454323 Prepared for jhale@cba.ua.edu, Joanne Hale© 2011 Safari Books Online, LLC. This download file is made available for personal use only and is subject to the Terms of Service. Any other use requires prior written consent from the copyright owner. Unauthorized use, reproduction and/or distribution are strictly prohibited and violate applicable laws. All rights reserved.

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