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Ways to Become Invaluable at Work

By Sandy Schroeder

It is a great feeling to be indispensable to your company. Often it opens doors to raises, promotions, and broader opportunities. If you feel like you are close to being indispensable, here are some tips from Forbes to make it happen.

Take control of a specific area or skill - This often happens when a key person leaves the company, or a position is created to fill a new need. I found myself in this situation when a writer was needed to work with a network of researchers. Every day was different and the people were amazing.  

Make your boss's job work better - If you work closely with a busy boss, you may assume more responsibility and take on additional tasks by simply making everything flow better. 

Go the extra mile whenever it is needed - When you step up to provide the support and follow through that brings jobs home, people usually pay attention. Resourceful reliable team members are always valued.

Be productive and thoughtful - Doing a lot of work quickly is appreciated, but finding better ways to do the job is valued even more. Do your job correctly and pay attention to the details to see what might be added.

Stick with the work that matters - Many employees find ways to stay busy and fly under the radar, but the ones who are considered invaluable focus on the work that really matters to the company.

Contribute new ideas - Take a good look at the work process and think about it. When you come up with new approaches or more in-depth work, you will be seen as a potential leader.

Show up positive - We all know someone who always sees the down side of life. Working with them is not always a pleasure. Whenever possible, stay upbeat and encourage others to be too. Your boss will totally appreciate it.

Become a good communicator - We live in a digital world of words. Make sure your oral and written skills stand out. Critique your work and take additional courses if you need them.

Stay committed - Lots of people burst on the scene and make waves, but the ones that hang in there through it all with a daily goal to do the work are the ones everybody counts on.

Be a good colleague - Get to know your co-workers and help them whenever you can. Knowing how to be a team player is good for you and for the company.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Worth, Tex.

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