Whether you’re just starting out in a new role that you hope will the springboard to a long-lasting and rewarding new career for you, or you have been working the same job for a while, it is never a bad idea to think about what you can do to ensure you have as much job security as it is possible to have in 2023. One of the best ways to do this is by making yourself indispensable to your employer and your team.
Okay, but how exactly do you do that? Here are a few things that will most definitely help:
1. Embrace Continuous Learning
If there’s one thing that is true about the world, it is that it never stands still, and neither should you, because you know what else never stands still? Business. The world of work is forever changing, so you need to be sure that you are always changing with it, gaining more skills and knowledge as and when you need to, so that you are never left behind, and more importantly so you are always the first person to know that new technique or that new law, so that everyone comes to you when they aren’t sure what to do.
2. Be the Shortcuts Guru
You know that amazing feeling when you find a quicker way to get something done? Be the person who makes that happen, by learning as many shortcuts to as many of your work processes as possible. Whether it’s a quicker way to process a task, knowing how to export Power BI to Excel, or having a little-known feature in a software program that saves hours up your sleeve, being the go-to for shortcuts will soon elevate your status to office superhero, and you will be indispensable.
3. Build Strong Relationships
Networking isn’t just for finding a job; it’s for excelling in it too. Forge strong relationships with colleagues, managers, and even clients, whenever you can, because being well-connected means that you can facilitate communication and collaboration between parties, acting as a linchpin that holds projects together. This is a very valuable skill to have and one that will be rewarded.
Not only that, but the more positive connections you make with the more people associated with your place of business, then the less likely it is you will be let go because people will like you and value you and not want to get rid of you if they absolutely do not have to.
4. Show Initiative
If you want to make yourself indispensable in your job, don’t just wait for tasks to land on your desk; look for opportunities to shine whenever they may arise, and if they don’t arise naturally, make them happen! Propose new ideas, volunteer for projects, and actively seek ways to contribute. Showing initiative signals to your superiors that you’re invested in the success of the company, and willing to work hard to achieve your goals.
5. Cultivate Emotional Intelligence
Being indispensable isn’t just about what you know; it’s about how you interact with others when you are all working together, which is why it is so important you work on your emotional intelligence as well as your career-based intelligence. Cultivate empathy, active listening, and emotional understanding at every opportunity by actually being there to support your fellow team members in any way you can, and by learning how to better regulate your own emotions so you do not get angry easily or fall apart when thighs get stressful, for example. These vital skills foster better teamwork and enable you to navigate office politics adeptly, and if there’s one thing employers like it’s a staff member who is kind, fair, and not likely to cause trouble when there is no need to do so.
6. Deliver Consistently High-Quality Work
In pretty much any career you can think of, consistency really is the key to success, so you should always make sure that your work is not just good but consistently good, even if you occasionally have to put in a little extra work. Meeting deadlines and maintaining high standards not only builds trust but also positions you as a reliable team member who they will not want to let go.
7. Cultivate a Positive Attitude
A positive attitude is totally contagious. So, be that one team member who lifts others up, maintains a positive outlook, and approaches challenges with a can-do attitude no matter how quickly that deadline is approaching with no sign of progress. Your positivity can be the glue that keeps the team cohesive, especially during challenging times and this will convince pretty much everyone of your value to the organization as a result.
8. Offer to Mentor Others
Sharing your knowledge isn’t just generous; it’s a totally strategic move for your career prospects too! Offering to mentor junior team members or colleagues creates a culture of growth and learning within your company, and not only that, but it also pegs you as someone who really does care about the business and is willing to go above and beyond to help everyone in the organization succeed. It also, of course, showcases your leadership skills and solidifies your role as a vital knowledge hub.
9. Stay True to Your Ethics
Integrity is a quality that never goes out of style. Stay true to your ethics, be honest, and demonstrate that you’re someone the company can trust and you will surely go far. Your moral compass not only guides you but also reflects positively on your professional reputation. After all, nobody wants to work with someone who lies and obfuscates and who they cannot always 100 percent rely on to do what they say they will and act with integrity. Those people are always the first to be let go when efficiencies need to be made.
10. Understand the Business Inside Out
Knowing your specific role is great, but understanding the business as a whole makes you a strategic asset that the big bosses will want to keep around. Understand how your department fits into the larger picture, the company’s goals, competitors, and market position as a starting point. Your holistic insight can be instrumental in decision-making processes which makes you an instrumental part of the business too.
11. Be Solution-Oriented
Problems will arise; it’s how you handle them that counts. Rather than focusing on the issue, focus on finding solutions that will solve the issue instead. Being solution-oriented makes you a proactive problem solver, someone who adds value during crisis moments instead of someone who makes matters worse by panicking.
12. Embrace Feedback and Continuously Improve
Accepting feedback with grace and using it for self-improvement reflects maturity and a willingness to grow. Regularly seek feedback and demonstrate that you’re not just open to criticism but actively using it to become better, and that shows you are a mature person who everyone will want around.
It’s important to note that making yourself indispensable does not being a suck-up who will do and say anything to advance your own c career; most people can see right through that and they do not like it, and of course, it’s not exactly a route to high self-esteem either.
No, in your efforts to make yourself indispensable, you should always be open, honesty, and keep your integrity, It should be about being the best employee you can be and bringing value wherever you can. Take pride in your work, do what you can to help and the rest will follow. Good luck!