It is always practical to make yourself a valuable asset to your employer. The truth is, if you produce more value than your cost, you will be less likely to be let go.
There are certain things you can do beyond just doing your own job really well. While you should remain friendly, motivated, and hard-working, there are specific actions that will impress your employer.
Try some of these value-enhancing actions:
1. Find a Way to Increase Profits. Even if you were not specifically assigned the task, keep an open mind and brainstorm ways that the company can work more effectively. bringing ideas to your manager’s attention that will boost sales or reduce costs can be beneficial. Your boss will remember your creative thinking and appreciate that you took the initiative.
2. Be Willing to Cross-Train. Regardless of what your job is, there are ways that you can learn new things in different areas. You should show interest and actively learn the ins and outs of other jobs in different departments. This way, your employer will know that you have a deeper understanding of the business, which could lead to bigger or better opportunities.
3. Sharpen Your Skills. Spend time to delve deeper into your current skill set. Chances are that things are not as mundane as you might think. Keep your mind open to developing your skills in a different or better way.
- For example, if you work in online advertising, continue to search for different ways you can advertise or different networks to display your advertising. You may end up greatly improving the company’s return on investment by thinking outside of the box, instead of going with what has worked in the past.
4. Take on Additional Responsibilities. When you take on additional responsibilities, you increase your value to the company. Although you may not be issued a different title, your employer will recognize how much of an asset you are to the company. If cutbacks need to be made, you would be less likely to go than someone with fewer responsibilities.
5. Work on Co-Worker Relationships. While the people you work with do not have to become your best friends, it is important to maintain a certain level of camaraderie. Try making small talk occasionally with your co-workers and bosses on breaks or during lunches. This will help your employer remember that you mesh well with everyone in the company.
6. Take Classes. While you may already have a degree or diploma in a subject that pertains to your current job, it does not hurt to keep improving yourself by expanding your education. Continuous learning not only helps you strive within the company but it also offers benefits for the organization. It is not a requirement to go back to school, however, it could be a good idea to enhance going further in company. Classes are available over the internet which is great for individuals who already work to fit their classes into their existing schedules.
Even though all strategies do not have to be implemented all at once, it is always beneficial to recognize the ideas that will work for you which can increase job satisfaction. This becomes a win-win situation to the benefit of all!
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