How to Become Invaluable at Work
By Sandy Schroeder
In a competitive world in which people move around a lot, becoming invaluable can be a terrific advantage.
The only question is how do you do that?
Business Insider came up with some tips to make it easier than you thought.
Be a natural leader - Make the effort to know the inner workings of your company and your job. The more you know the better you will fit in. Help coworkers whenever you can, but keep it low key to avoid generating resentment.
Keep on learning - Instead of dragging your feet when something new is introduced, be the first to try it. Take advantage of company classes to keep your skills fresh and competitive in your field. Do independent research to learn how your company fits in its field. Read widely to stay in touch with other fields that may impact yours.
Get to know your co-workers - Make the effort to get along with everyone and participate in breakfasts, lunches and other company events. Talk with everyone, but avoid office gossip and endless chats about the weekend. Make work your main focus, and lend a hand to others whenever you can.
Learn the language - If you want to fit in and move ahead, you have to know the terminology of your field, and the individual quirks of your company. Make the time to know all of the specifics. That makes the work easier and avoids the embarrassment of not knowing some of the lingo.
Be informed but not overbearing - Make the effort to know as much as possible about your office and your company, but reserve all of your other opinions and assertions for after work discussions.
Find ways to blend in - When you work with a range of people in a casual office or formal setting, go with the flow. Figure out where your group is to enjoy the interaction and blend.
Step up to volunteer - When deadlines just keep coming and work mushrooms, volunteer if you can to help with the overflow.
Learn how to really listen - We all want to communicate our ideas, but sometimes we forget to develop our listening skills. Really listening to what others are trying to say can make a difference, helping us pick up on subtle cues, and real needs of coworkers. When you notice and respond you may be greatly appreciated.
If these tips work for you, hang onto them and keep right on looking for more ways to become invaluable.
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