Workplace Trends

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.


3 Responses to “No One’s Indispensable, But Anyone Can Be a Valued Employee”

  1. Aly Anliker

    These are great tips – another thing to consider is my motto, “find a need and fill it”.

    Look at where current work demands are and what unique skills you have and can contribute to move a project forward.

    As much as possible, gain frequent feedback from internal and external customers, managers and team members.

    Besides department and company goals, work on your own development plan and measure your progress to your goals.

  2. Prakash Shende

    In fact every thing in the world follows the circular path. We would end up doing the same thing which our ancestors did but the wonderful thing is that we do not know that and get bogged down in the ideas like am I indispensable , am I valued etc. We are in this world to do certain things (not known to us) and we have to go on doing those without trying to find out values attached to it and that would be a satisfying life.

    • Lee Hecht Harrison

      A life in service to others, being the best we can be in each moment, without attachment or ego. A very satisfying life! Thanks for your comments, Prakash.


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