How to Become an Indispensable Employee

Nobody is indispensable (or so they say). When an exceptional worker leaves, someone will eventually step in and take over the duties of that departed employee. Life goes on.

Well, if that’s the case, why do companies often go to great lengths to retain their superstars by offering top wages, bonuses and promotions as incentives to stay? Someone thinks they are indispensable—or at least all but impossible to replace!

Do your managers see you as indispensable? Do you ever wish they did?

Believe it or not, it’s within your control to change your company’s perception of you. You might need to step outside your comfort zone at times, do more than you’re paid to do and become a go-to employee who has solutions that are useful to the organization. But you can become indispensable.

Here’s how to make it happen:

Develop skills that are essential to the company

By developing expertise in your role—programming, foreign language, etc.—you set yourself up to be indispensable. These skills are not quickly transferrable and might take years to develop. But part of being indispensable means you’re willing to share your knowledge, rather than monopolize it or guard it zealously.

And that leads to the next trait of an indispensable employee.

Mentor your co-workers and give them support

It sounds counterintuitive, but one foolproof way to make yourself indispensable is by imparting your knowledge and expertise to your co-workers and encouraging them to improve their skills. Those who enjoy watching others succeed make good mentors. Only a secure individual would agree to mentor someone who might eventually replace him in the company. 

Volunteer to take on more tasks

Break your routine of doing only what you’ve been assigned during the workday and then leaving work at the exact quitting time. Volunteer to take on something challenging that’s beyond your comfort zone. Do the things you’ve never done before, even if it means sticking around at the end of the shift to learn it.

Make your boss’s life easier

Don’t just walk into your boss’s office with a problem. Come prepared with a solution. Your boss already has plenty to do, so make life easier by unburdening them whenever you can. Do that regularly, and you’ll find yourself topping the list of indispensable employees.

Show integrity on the job

Your integrity manifests in any number ways, but they all revolve around the Golden Rule, treating others as you want to be treated:

·Honesty is about open communication among workers, co-workers and the employer and is the most effective way to build solid relationships in the workplace.

·Leading by example means you’re setting the foundation for appropriate behavior on the job.

·Confidentiality is all about taking responsibility for keeping certain things private.

Be reliable

Your word is your guarantee, so don’t make promises you can’t keep.

Looking for a job where you can become indispensable?

At United Personnel, we’ll use our 30-plus years of experience to guide you toward a job that’s the right fit for you. Whether it’s a short-term placement or a direct hire position you’re looking for, we can help you find it. 

When you’re ready to make a move, make us your first contact!