Wednesday 24 October 2012

The Indispensable Employee

From a good to an irreplaceable employee...

You can find ample articles on how to become a good employee, perhaps one of the best in your company. Most of us do consider ourselves to be good, perhaps excellent employees. We do our job well, we know our stuff, we are loyal to our company and seek to do our very best.

However, how many of us are indispensable, really? An indispensable employee is not just a good employee, who is loyal to the company, knowledgeable, and ambitious: she or he is an employee without whom the company cannot work!

Muovo has found the following article a most fascinating (and an indispensable) read! The following 7 questions can help you determine whether you are, or can be, an irreplaceable employee in your company:

1. Are You Adaptable? Flexible employees can adjust and adapt as the company makes changes. They’re not stale or stuck in their ways; and employers know that they can count on these employees to make the adjustments necessary to keep the company running.

2. Are You Progressive? Do you come up with new ideas, new ways to save time or money, or promote the company so that it’s profitable and steadfast?

3. Are You Willing to Do Whatever Is Necessary? Employers want to know they can count on you to not only do your part and your job but pitch in when necessary, pick up the slack, or stay late if needed.

4. Are You Learning New Skills? Employees who learn new skills and apply them to their job are pretty valuable to the organization. If you’re constantly improving yourself and your performance, then you’re becoming an invaluable asset to the company.

5. Are You Processing New Information and Applying It? Are you applying the new skills you’ve learned or any new information you’ve gleaned about the business? What are you doing with the information that has been given to you by your employer? Some employees just take the information in and never do anything with it. Others are doers; they take what they’ve learned and apply it to make situations, circumstances, and organizations run better.

6. Are You Controlling the Information You Take in? Information can be distracting or empowering. Are you the type of employee who sends 100 e-mails a day but never gets any real work done or never takes action to resolve the problem? Don’t be controlled: use what you know to empower yourself to make changes and make things better.

7. Do You Solve Problems? Employees who solve problems are almost never let go—while employees who create problems are almost always terminated.

Consider these seven questions and take a good, hard look at your work ethic and how you operate within your organization. While not all-inclusive or the end-all, be-all of who gets cut and who stays, these seven steps can help you to make yourself an invaluable and irreplaceable employee.

Courtesy of Great Resumes Fast

Nikita Pisani at Muovo


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