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Ideas for Making Yourself an Invaluable Employee

KATY WORKLIFE –Katy, Texas– March 22, 2010–  In today’s competitive job market, new employees are always looking for ways to stand out and get ahead in the workplace.    Follow these tips and you will make yourself invaluable in the workplace.

  1. Bring Solutions, Not Problems. Bosses like it when you have already mulled it over and can recommend a solution. Also, be willing to help implement the solution.
  2. Provide Exceptional Customer Service. Come up with innovative ways to provide superior customer service and demonstrate it daily.
  3. Avoid Clockwatching. Employers notice who stays a little longer to finish the project and who  races out the door at 5:00 sharp.
  4. Be a Giver.  Ask yourself ‘how can I be of service to someone at work today?’ Try a random act of kindness, acknowledge someone’s hard work, or offer to take on a new project.
  5. Maintain Flexibility. Workplaces are constantly changing and nothing is ever set in stone. Employees who learn to roll with it are more valuable than ones who are too set in their ways. Never have a ‘that’s not my job’ attitude.
  6. Be a Great Communicator. Convey your expectations to others, respond to emails politely, and resolve lingering disputes in a professional manner. Bottom line – get your needs met by using positive communication skills. At the core of almost all workplace problems is miscommunication.
  7. Stay Positive. Gossiping, bickering, commiserating, and down talking others or the company never amounts to anything good. Refuse to be pulled in that direction by the negative types.
  8. Complete Projects and Follow Through. If you say you’re going to do something – do it!
  9. Bring Ideas to the Table. Take time to think about how your department or workplace processes could be done better, smarter, or faster. Suggest cost-saving measures to your supervisor when you see areas for improvement.
  10. Be  Team Minded. Try to make decisions based on what is in the best interests of the company rather than what’s in it for you.  In the long run, being a team player will benefit you because higher ups will notice your dedication to the company.

© Katy Magazine 2010

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