Becoming invaluable at your job helps to secure your position with the company. Bosses will see you as an asset they can’t live without, and when the next round of cutbacks occur, you’re more likely to keep your job. Here are some factors that could help you become the ideal employee.
The invaluable employee always makes an effort to look good. Even if you work in a casual environment, clothes should be clean and wrinkle-free, you should practice good hygiene, hair should be well kept, and any perfume or cologne is best kept to a minimum. You want to dress the part of a successful person since this shows your boss that you take the job seriously. Besides, dressing the part of a successful person adds a big boost to your confidence level.
If you can, arrive at least 5 minutes earlier than your shift. Although you may think that punching in just three minutes late is no big deal, it says a lot about your feelings toward your job. If you don’t care that much about being on time, why would your boss care all that much about offering you a raise?
Maybe you have children or another job that prevents you from going into work on your typical days off or working overtime, but do what you can. Showing that you’ll go the extra mile and are flexible with your schedule is one of the best assets of an invaluable employee. That’s not to say you should be a doormat and work long hours and come in at the drop of a hat. You don’t want to give too much because then you look weak. What you want to do is create a balance between being strong and being flexible.
Pride and a positive attitude:
Whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability. Whether you pick up trash or design missiles, always aspire to be the best in your field. Be willing to learn new things and take on a variety of responsibilities. Smile and be happy with what you do. A positive attitude goes a long way in creating a happier atmosphere at work for yourself and your co-workers.
Rather than believing “it’s simply a job” strive to be an invaluable employee. It will pay off for you in many ways. Your attitude will benefit, your paycheck will benefit, and your workplace will benefit.