In any organization, you will find people who begin the race at the same start line, yet some of them race ahead of the pack while others lag behind. These successful people carve a niche for themselves and become an asset to their organization. What makes them indispensable? In some cases, the success can be attributed to some unique capabilities or qualification that sets them apart. However, there are easy ways to become an asset to your organization, starting from where and who you are, today:
1. Think outside the box
The most important attribute of an invaluable employee is their ability to think creatively. They often go beyond the call of duty to think of better ways to do the same work. Their contribution can help in improving productivity or solving some old conundrum in the office. Creative thinking is an easy way to become an asset for your organization. Most people don’t spend time doing it. You can start small. Think of minor improvements in everything you do. You will soon be adept in thinking of new solutions for bigger problems.
2. Be ready to learn unique skills
Successful employees are important because of the perception that they possess some unique skill. Think of your work-space. Is there any unique skill that will help you at work? It could be a new technology, a new language or a different skill. If you are persistent, you will find a niche in which you can excel.Do not hesitate to spend some money in developing the skill. You should consider it as an investment for your own future.
3. Become a pillar of support
Even if your job description is clearly stated, the most important role is to support your boss. Try to find out what his problems at work are or what would help her excel in her role. The simplest way is to ask. You will be surprised that very few people show the initiative to ask for more work.Becoming a pillar of support can mean a lot of dedication and hard work for you. Make sure that it does not stress you. If you are able to become the ‘go-to-person’ for your managers, you will become an invaluable asset to your organization
4. Be ready to help others
One of the most important qualities of successful employees is that they are team players. Colleagues find them easily approachable and humane in their dealings. Just by helping others succeed in their work, you can become an invaluable asset to your organization. You can demonstrate emotional maturity and self-control even in a crisis. All these qualities are important in setting you apart from others.If you can play the role of a mediator and take the entire team along, you improve your chances of success at the workplace.
5. Manage your work and how its perceived
It is very important to strike a balance between your work and how others perceive you. There are some hard working people who excel at their work, yet the image is not conveyed clearly to the world. They remain a hidden talent. You have to make sure that the right people in the organization know about your achievements and efforts. It is possible that you may not be given credit for every task performed. But if people know that you are the source of solutions and innovations, it creates the right perception!
6. Always be happy and positive
This is one of the simplest way to improve your image at work. Colleagues who are always happy, positive and bubbling with enthusiasm are always cherished! Avoid indulging in gossip or complaining and whining about others. Resist the temptation to criticize and demean anyone behind their back. Try to love your job and show it to others! You can be a source of inspiration and motivation to others!
Thus, no matter where you are positioned in the organization, there are easy ways to go beyond the job role and excel at what you are doing. These simple tips will help you become an asset to your organization!