If you’re looking to become an integral part of your company, look no further. bSmart has got you covered with these five tips:

1. Do more than what is expected of you.

If you want to be seen as valuable, do the work that nobody else is willing to do. It’s easy to get comfortable and only do what we’re asked, especially when there’s no extra incentive. Yet doing this additional work creates opportunities for yourself and makes you indispensable. Always finish your essential and assigned projects before taking on anything else. Exceeding expectations is the best method to protect your job during tough times and be in line for raises when things are going well.

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2. Design a function or work process that only you will know how to complete.

If you want to be successful, do something that only you can do or have time for. This may include having certain skills like Excel or PowerPoint, or knowledge in a particular area that others don’t. Doing a job that only you know how to do secures your position and value within the company. Even if others eventually learn how to do it, you would be the one needed to train them. Since it would be difficult to replace you without first teaching someone your skills, you’re unlikely to be replaced anytime soon.

3. Become irreplaceable by taking on the roles of several people.

I understand not wanting to forgo extra pay, but covering the work of multiple people is an excellent way to guarantee job security. Your boss and co-workers are astute. They will realize both what you do and how hard you work. If they replaced you, they would have to hire two or three people to get the same amount of work done. This might not secure extra pay, but it practically guarantees job security.

4. Look for ways to make systems and workflows more efficient.

Have you ever noticed something in your workplace that could be improved? Don’t wait for permission – go ahead and make the change! The more you do this, the more likely it is that people will start calling you the “manager” of X. Having that title comes with a lot of responsibility, but it’s also a great way to improve your annual review. Learn how to be indispensable at work and take charge of your career growth.

5. Adding value to other departments or people is always a plus.

If you want to be an asset to your company, make sure you’re offering value or services to as many people and departments as possible. Get out there and take the initiative! Whether it’s asking for help, offering assistance, or just general conversation starters – make yourself known throughout the company. I’m not advocating that you try to please everyone. 

Rather, I think it’s beneficial to have multiple people who can help you succeed in your company or get promoted. For example, if you’re a creative person who is good at streamlining research reports for stock analysts, then you may have a future career in research. This makes you an indispensable asset to the company. Learn how to make yourself indispensable at work and secure your position for sustained career growth.

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