If you didn’t show up for work tomorrow, would your boss notice or would she just shrug and replace you with the next guy in line?
If you feel like you’re just another disposable set of hands, you’re not alone. Forbes.com reported that a 2015 report showed that more than 40% of the U.S. workforce was made up of contingent workers like temps (1.3%), on-call workers (3.5%), contractors (3.0%), independent contractors (12.9%), part-timers (16.2%) and self-employed (3.3%).
At Flex Tech, we believe in helping all of our candidates become indispensable, no matter where we get them placed. And here are eight steps you can take to make yourself indispensable.
Bring Enthusiasm to Work
There are some people that boost up the positive energy just by walking in the room. Those are the kind people that employees love to have on their team. So no matter what task or job you’re asked to do, do it with enthusiasm and energy.
Be Open and Adaptable
Being willing to switch directions, learn new skills or take on new responsibilities shows that you’re able to adapt and change in an economy and labor force that is constantly moving and changing thanks to technology and innovation.
Dedicate Yourself to High Standards
Every job you do, no matter how big or small, affects someone in ways you probably will never know. That’s why you should always bring your A-game regardless what the job is.
Be Honest and Do What You Say You’ll Do
Mistakes happen. Deadlines are missed. But you have to be honest about what you’ve done and what you’re capable of doing. So be honest with yourself and your boss and always do what you say you’re going to do. You’ll earn their respect and their trust.
Help Others without Expecting Reward
Very rarely does one person make or break the success of a team effort. When working, focus on getting the job done, help others on your team and take pleasure in watching your peers succeed.
Acknowledge and Appreciate Those Around You
You’re not the only one that works hard. So be sure to give credit where credit is due. Your peers will appreciate it and your boss will see the leader in you.
Create Goals and Track Progress
Goal tracking is the easiest way to relieve workplace stress by letting your boss know what tasks have been completed and what still needs to be done. Plus, it helps mark progress in your professional development and growth.
Above All Else, Work Hard
The easiest way to help make yourself indispensable is to work hard every day. Knowing you have a reliable and dedicated work ethic makes you a valuable asset to your boss, your peers and the company.