No One’s Indispensable, But Anyone Can Be a Valued Employee
By Lee Hecht Harrison on June 25, 2012
More than two years into the recovery, hiring is still painfully slow. The economy is producing as much as it was before the downturn, but with seven million fewer jobs. And according to the U.S. Commerce Department, since the recovery began, businesses’ spending on employees has grown only two percent, with equipment and software spending swelling 26 percent.
In today’s competitive environment, companies continue to carefully allocate spending and manage costs. Do you have a strategy to ensure your career isn’t derailed by market conditions? Your best defense is a strong offense. While nobody is indispensable, most companies make sure they hold on to their best talent.
What steps can you take to ensure your company doesn’t want to lose you? Consider these questions:
- Do you always do quality work?
- Do you embrace new challenges and move beyond your comfort zone?
- Do you take initiative to learn as much as possible through self-directed training and research?
- Do you wait to be asked or do you go the extra mile?
- Do you act as a mentor and positive role model for new or less experienced workers?
- Do you choose projects that have the greatest impact on the business?
- Do you maintain a positive attitude – even during times of stress?
- Do you volunteer … to help your boss, train a new employee, take part in a pilot program, or help a colleague meet a deadline?
Of course no one is indispensable, but anyone can position themselves as an MVP — a valued employee — and an employee targeted for retention.
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