Becoming an Indispensable Employee

5 Work Traits Employers Love


February is a month focused on matters of the heart – from the love of Valentine’s Day to maintaining good health in honor of Heart Month. And when it comes to the heart, there is one thing that can weigh pretty heavily on it – your job. Whether you’re looking for employment or striving to get a promotion, at times your heart has to work a little overtime to process all your job-related feelings and concerns.

Since you will spend a significant amount of time at work throughout your lifetime, your job should be something you feel good about and enjoy. So, no matter where you are in your career right now, continue your pursuit of happiness to find that job you really love. And once you find it, focus on becoming the employee your company can’t live without, because finding a job you love doesn’t just come along every day.

So, what does it take to become an indispensable employee? Here are five work traits that any employer will love.

1. Have Passion for Your Job.
Employers want people on their team who take pride in what they do and have enthusiasm for their job. It’s going the extra mile when you don’t have to.

Take every opportunity to learn all you can about your job and the company you work for, ask for new projects, and, if your schedule allows, offer to help out a coworker. When you take the initiative, your employer and peers will take notice. And, who knows, you may spark a fire in those around you, helping them become more passionate about their jobs, too.

2. Be an Innovative Thinker.
How many times have you heard, “That’s the way we do things, because that’s how they’ve always been done?” Just because something has been done the same way forever, doesn’t mean it’s the most efficient way of doing business.

Be sure to share any ideas you have with your boss on improving the workplace. Maybe it’s advice on how to streamline the company website or cost-cutting tips for packaging materials. Whatever your ideas, they matter and deserve to be heard. Plus, by taking the time to share them, you will demonstrate your commitment to the growth of the company.

3. Look at the Positive.
A positive attitude can take you far in a career. Would you rather be someone who looks at the glass half full or half empty? Managers today want people who can see the opportunities that the future holds. And, as a bonus, being positive can increase your life span, lower rates of depression, build up your immune system, and help you cope better with the negative effects of stress, according to the Mayo Clinic. Attitude is contagious, so it’s important to have one worth catching.

4. Take Action.
As an employee, your manager and your coworkers are counting on you to complete certain tasks and fulfill your role as a team player. Most employers are looking for workers who are solution-oriented and don’t require a lot of micromanaging. With many businesses today functioning with smaller staffs and increasing workloads, time is of the essence.

Managing your time wisely at work is important. The office can be full of distractions, so be sure to keep your focus. Create a project list and include important information such as deadlines and steps involved to complete the project. Doing so will help you have a game plan for the day and give you a big picture of what needs to be done. When you’re able to check items off your daily task list, you help your employer save or gain time – both of which make you a valuable asset to the team.

5. Communicate Your Feelings.
A lack of communication can lead to big problems in the workplace and is a key factor in why people leave a job or are let go. Open, two-way communication with your manager helps foster trust. Take time to have regular meetings with your direct supervisor to keep them aware of your projects and your progress. In most cases, whether it’s dealing with a conflict, managing feelings of being overwhelmed, or just needing to have a listening ear, managers will usually welcome communication and feedback. Like with any relationship, communication in the workplace is vital for growth and development.

You don’t need a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers to impress your employer. Continue on with your pursuit of the career you’re looking for. Whatever it may be, don’t give up! With these few tips, you have the ability to impact your workplace and show your employer that you are an indispensable employee.

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