101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work:Take the Initiative

When you arrive at work, don’t wait to get started on the day’s tasks. If you know what is required of you, begin without being told. Self-starters require far less supervision, and supervisors appreciate employees who complete tasks accurately with little or no supervision (and they remember them when it is time for salary reviews and promotions).

Accomplish more than just the minimum that is expected of you. Putting forth that “little extra” effort takes you from being a mediocre employee to a valuable one, and consistently doing more than required—and doing it well—raises your visibility with management.

Seek out opportunities to prove your worth to the company. Do not be afraid to ask for additional responsibilities. Many people would rather sit back and let someone else do the work, especially when it comes to unpleasant assignments. Break out of that habit if it applies to you.

Fear often prevents people from trying something new because they do not want to look foolish or do a poor job. Overcome that fear by focusing on how to do the job well, and truly believe in yourself and your skills.

If necessary, work on building your self-esteem, skills, and knowledge so that you have the ability and mindset to do the work. Be willing to learn new things and accept the responsibility that goes with thatknowledge. Develop a sense of purpose in your mind and build a connection between it and your job.

Look for ways to improve existing procedures and practices, but be aware of any boundaries that exist. Do not overstep your authority, and make sure that you always share your ideas with your boss first before you implement any changes. Ask yourself: Can I do it? Will I do it? Should I do it?

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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