Making yourself indispensable at workChen Wan Lim
Before we start, we would like to qualify that the common saying that ‘no one is indispensable’ still holds very true. Everyone can be replaced. However, we can up to a certain extent make ourselves, or rather our skills so needed that we are almost indispensable at work. Feeling indispensable at work is a great feeling but it should not cause us to be arrogant, complacent and to take things for granted. Being almost indispensable at work comes with increased job security, greater potential for promotions and greater chances of increased remunerations. Here are a few ways you can make yourself indispensable at work, almost that is:
Equip yourself to the fullest
The first thing you need is to ensure that your qualifications and skill sets meet or exceed the job function that you are undertaking. This means that if your job function requires a basic undergraduate degree, go for a Masters’ degree or an MBA. If your job requires you to be able to speak more than one language, try learning two or more. Not only will your added qualifications look good in your resume, it will make it harder for the company to find a replacement for your job.
Be dependable and be reliable
Being reliable and dependable goes far beyond turning up to work on time, or submitting assignments within the specified time frame. When you are dependable and reliable, you will create a strong trust and rapport with your superiors and colleagues that you are the right person for the job. When a project needs to get done quickly or when there is a problem that requires some troubleshooting, you will be the first person to come to mind.
Building relationships upwards
It’s one thing to build solid relationships with your colleagues and with your immediate superiors. However, it is another to build a good relationship with the upper management of the company. This is important for two things. The first is that you might be the top choice for a promotion when the time comes and the second is that you might be the last choice to be retrenched when the need to do so arises.
Going above and beyond what is required of you
American author, salesman, and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar once said. “If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do”. Always be eager to do more than your role requires you to do. Volunteer for projects and providing input wherever it could help the company grow. This way, you will earn the reputation of being the person who is not petty and willing to contribute towards the betterment of the company.
Be an initiator
Always try to be the first to start something, the first to volunteer for something and the first to contribute to idea generation. Being an initiator makes you look committed towards your job. Being an initiator will also inadvertently make you the project leader or at least, the person who knows best about a certain undertaking.
Last but not least, apart from the technical and social competencies you have, you must be likable. This means that you must have a good rapport with everyone, a good work attitude and generally a pleasant person to work around with. It’s hard to get rid of a likable person compared to a person whom the office resents.