Whether you are starting out or an experienced employee, it is important that you continue to strive for excellence in your work.
Being valuable to your organization will not only set-up a ladder for your career but also ensure your job security. For a CEO, an employee who does not add value to their organization loses them money and that means they can no longer afford to have you. You are an asset, but only if you drive more revenue into their business.
That is the hard truth of how organizations view you.
You therefore have no choice, work better i.e. give value, or walk out.
As I was preparing myself to join the workforce, I had conversations with people I look up to and did research on how I can immediately increase my value at work and here is what I summarized:
1. Meet Expectations
This is the number 1 item you should be working on before you start looking for greener pastures – meet the basic expectations.
Find out your job-scope, even though sometimes it is not very clear. Talk to your manager and have a lengthy conversation on that.
And then, grind! There is no shortcut to greatness, just GRIT!
2. Find Areas You can Excel and Excel
This is you now “going above and beyond”, after you have met your expectations.
You know some projects you could chip in and add tremendous value? Find ways to get to that project and showcase your skills.
3. Develop a Problem Solving Mindset
When faced with a problem, your ability to problem-solve and say “there is a way” will distinguish you from everyone else.
You cannot sit at your desk focused on a work problem that you haven’t been able to solve for a week now and thinking to yourself how hard your life is, and be able to solve it creatively.
Whining and complaining, and looking how that job is sucking life out of you, will not get you anywhere.
But keeping an open mind will. Shift your mind to thinking creatively and optimal.
I love how Buckley puts it in his blog post Developing a Problem Solving Mindset.
4. Stay Collected when Pressure Builds
Remember that question during the interview? “How do you handle pressure?” and you went ahead saying “I actually work better under pressure and enjoy challenging environments?”, oh yeah, it is time to prove that.
Pressure will reveal if you are ready for advancement and ready to commit your every nerve to deliver results.
5. Get Involved
Take lead and show that you are ready for growth. After work events? Yeah show up even if you prefer the comfort of your home.
It might be very daunting if you are an introvert, but pull away from that comfort zone, there is no growth.
Volunteer to do tasks, don’t just sit at the back seat watching others lead.
The list of things you could do to increase your value at work is long. Find out more by observing people you admire at your line of work.
What are the things you do at work that gives you that “5 Star Employee”? Share in the comments below.
Until next time, Chao!