Have you ever stopped to consider that you might lose your job in the next layoff or downsizing at your company? Would it be easy to replace you with someone else who can do your job for less money? If you answered that last question with a definite YES, then you need to think about how to increase your value to your employer. Here are ten tips:
- Expand your company knowledge. Become the go-to guy for questions and solutions. Be the one who knows how things work. In other words, make yourself into an important resource for your fellow employees and even your boss.
- Expand your personal knowledge. Take classes in anything that will improve your job skills. By rounding out your talents and expanding them, you’ll automatically become a more valuable employee.
- Be a team player. Promote team unity. Support your coworkers in any way possible. In doing so you will become known as someone who can work with anyone. You’ll prove that you’re adaptable and have excellent social skills.
- Seek out more responsibility. You don’t want to fly under the radar. You want to be on the radar and coming through loud and clear, so ask your supervisor for more responsibilities. Work late, come in early or do whatever it takes to be known as a productive, hard worker.
- Be a positive force. Don’t be the type of coworker who is always pointing out mistakes or why things won’t work. Be the one who says it can be done, and work hard to ensure it happens.
- Find ways to increase profits/cut costs. Everything in the business world ultimately comes down to bottom line profitability. Watch for ways to cut costs or make systems more efficient and present solutions to your superior, complete with a plan. For example, show how to replace copy paper with a less expensive version, or how to schedule warehouse workers more effectively to avoid unnecessary overtime.
- Be adaptable to change. Change is inevitable, and those who can roll with it will survive. Those who complain, cannot or will not adapt, or generally slow the process, will not.
- Be a problem solver. Every workplace has problems. Be the one who comes up with effective solutions and can put them into action. Problem solvers have inherent value and retention appeal.
- Mind your manners. You will be well liked and respected by everyone for simply acting respectful to your boss and coworkers.
- Get cracking. Don’t wait. Begin increasing your value as a team member, mentor, leader, problem-solver, cheerleader, learned man or money saver immediately! The sooner you start the quicker your employer will see you as someone they want and need to retain for the long run.
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