SupermanTo be indispensable means you are “essential” or “absolutely necessary.” Look at yourself and what you contribute to your department and company. Are you indispensable? The good news is that no matter what your role, it is possible to be an indispensable employee. Lee Iacocca once said, “The kind of people I look for ar the people who do more than they’re expected to do, they always reach.” This is one key to being indispensable. Here are some others to consider.

Uncover problems and present solutions
This one may seem obvious but it is less common than you might think. As humans, it is part of our nature to point out problems or flaws. But it is less common to find employees that can not only see problems but can come up with solutions to those problems.

Be a resource to others
Make an effort to be a “go to” person. Employees of every company are searching for answers to a wide range of questions. Make sure your coworkers know your expertise and that they can rely on you for answers.

Do what others won’t
At any given time there are a number of projects that need to be completed that no one wants to do. Make it clear to your manager that you want to take on some of these projects. And when you do get them, turn them into something that gets everyone’s attention.

Work is not personal
Work is work. Tasks need to be completed in an efficient and professional manner with the betterment of the company as the ultimate goal. It can be difficult at times, but it’s important not to take things personally or to get caught up in any sort of personal issues at work. Remember that it’s all about making the company, and you, better.

Stay healthy
Nothing affects your performance at work like your health. Eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep so that you are able to contribute at your optimum level each and every day.

Dress appropriately
Whether you like it or not, how you dress at work reflects a lot about who you are and how others perceive you. Always dress for the role you want, not necessarily the role you have.

Always take the high road
Every conversation and decision should be about what is best for the company. Resist the temptation to bad mouth others and criticize for no real reason. But don’t be afraid to point out issues if they can be backed by facts.

Learn how to take criticism
Listening to someone tell you what your weaknesses are is never easy. But learning to accept criticism is a critical part of growing and expanding your abilities and knowledge. It also allows your manager to help make you into an indispensable employee.

Listen to what’s important for your company
Is it social media? Hiring new employees? Finding a new software? Whatever it is, ask if there is something you can do to help. Or simply put a plan together showing how you can help and present it to your manager. At the very least, it will show that you are paying attention and searching for answers.

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