101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work: Be Flexible

The best laid plan can go awry, and you need to be able to adapt— sometimes at a moment’s notice. Whenever possible, build a cushion of time into your deadlines, and be willing to switch directions if necessary. Unexpected things have a way of cropping up when you least expect it. It is rare to never incur interruptions on the job. Train yourself to stop and restart tasks with ease and learn to multitask.

Plan, prepare, and organize to the best of your ability, but be flexible with your job duties, bosses and coworkers, time, ideas, performance, and opinions.

Be flexible when carrying out your duties. Look at how you do your work and whether it would be better to do it another way.

Flexibility can also mean being pulled from your current tasks to help someone else or having to do something outside your typical job description. With downsizing, job descriptions are often tossed out in favor of “if something needs to be done, do it.” No boss wants to hear someone say “that’s not my job.” Everyone needs to pitch in when necessary. In addition, let go of the mentality “we always do it this way.” Instead, accept that things are not always going to be done your way, especially if there is a better way.

A willingness to come in to work early or stay later on occasion to finish projects and tasks is likely to catch the attention of management, as well as allow you to meet deadlines easier.

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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