How To Make Yourself Irreplaceable in the Workplace
Right now is an insecure and uncertain time.
With so many layoffs and multiple businesses closing down because of this pandemic its hard to stay confident in your job right now.
Its easy (and okay) to be a little worried about your role. Use this time to make yourself absolutely irreplaceable in the job you’re currently in and any following.
1. Present New Ideas
Whether you’re working as a manager or in your apprenticeship one of the best ways to make yourself irreplaceable at work is to come with ideas. Bring actionable ideas to the table, but bring big-picture ideas, too.
If you think it might move the needle for the company, bring it up for consideration. An employee that doubles as an idea factory is one of the most valuable business assets.
2. Offer to take things on
Is there something in the office that doesn’t really fall under anyone’s role, but that desperately needs a little attention? Is there something that goes above and beyond your role but you’re able to do? Then go for it! If you want to make yourself irreplaceable at work, offer to take on the things nobody else wants to.
3. Pitch new business opportunities
Being a great presenter is one of the most valuable business skills to have, and one of the toughest to teach. If you want to be hard to replace at work, practice your presentation skills, then search for potential new clients to use them on.
If you can tie a number to your contributions in the form of new business, your managers will start to see you as the one to bring along for the pitch. As for how to do this, start by practicing your storytelling skills and make your pitches feel authentic and impassioned.
4. Offer solutions
If there’s a problem at work, instead of joining the ranks of people who just complain about it or avoid being questioned, be one of the first to help come up with a solution. Do some research, outline a process, and suggest an alternative. Odds are, your bosses will appreciate your problem-solving skills and your willingness to help troubleshoot issues and improve productivity.
5. Find your Unfair Advantage
If you’re looking for job security, spend some time zeroing in on your “unfair advantage.” What skill do you have that nobody else at your company can compete with? What can you do that no one else on staff can do? How can that skill affect your company’s bottom line?