What makes employees indispensable?

Play your cards right and you might find that your employer will want to keep you on for as long as possible

So, you think you have found your ideal job and plan to stay with the same company for the foreseeable future. You may have heard that oft-quoted mantra that nobody is indispensable.

But play your cards right and you might find that your employer will want to keep you on for as long as possible. This is no easy fix, though. To be indispensable, you need to be committed to your role and to keep working at it. Let’s take a look at some advice from the experts in the business world.

1) Discipline and commitment
If you have a sloppy attitude at home, it will continue into the workplace. Sitting around all day at the weekend watching television or playing computer games does not bode well for planning and motivation at work. If you stay up late every night drinking heavily, you will not be fit for the workplace the next day.

2) Working when you would rather be in bed
Those who can get up early and work longer hours will achieve so much more.

3) Reading
It is a well-documented fact that reading broadens the mind and improves vocabulary and concentration. This is why students are encouraged to read further around a subject and also to read for pleasure. Go to the library and find some work-related texts. Subscribe to a relevant journal and sign up to online newsgroups.

4) Continuing professional development
Keep a track of your training and request to attend all relevant courses. Don’t forget that there are webinars and online courses as well as training off-site. Offer to run relevant training sessions in-house too.

5) Support your colleagues
Not only is self-development important, but you must take an interest in the development of others. An effective team will pull together and convince the powers that be that your department is well run and indispensable. You should not feel threatened if your colleagues are high achievers.

6) Don’t let stress get on top of you
If you need support or counselling, don’t be afraid to ask for it. Stress and anxiety in the workplace are all too common, but should not be seen as a negative. If you need to work flexibly for a while, talk to your manager before it is too late and things are spiralling out of control.

7) Leave emotions at home
This might be seen to conflict with number 6, but it should not. It is not appropriate to bring drama and personal problems to work. Don’t get involved in petty office politics. This is a very different scenario from owning up to needing time out and support with mental health issues.

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