Being an employee goes beyond just having a job that will put food on your table. As much as the company pays you for the task you are assigned and services you render, you must be able to add value to your organisation.
One of the best ways to make your way up on the business ladder is to increase your value as an employee within your company. In order to do just that, there are certain traits you must possess as a valuable employee.
Here are few practical steps to take:
Challenge yourself to be better
Whether or not your ultimate goal is to get a promotion or not, the first thing on your mind should be aiming to improve yourself. This way, you know that you will be pushing yourself a little further every day, and even if you don’t get that raise, you’ve at least created a harder-working, more admirable version of yourself.
Love your job
“If you don’t love your job, it’s going to show” says Anthony Lopez, owner of Best Price Traffic School. No wonder some people hate Mondays and can’t wait for weekend to get off their jobs again.  Have you wondered that when employers are looking for employees that they can turn to for ideas, suggestions, and other positions within the company, they look for an employee who is both hardworking and passionate? If you don’t have passion for what you are doing, it may be time to find something else.
Be willing to work hard
There is no substitution for hard work and the difference between successful people and those who aren’t is that the others were able to put in a little extra. The value of working hard is something you have surely heard time and time again, but that is because it is true hard work pays off, and if you are willing to put in the time and the effort, you are bound to get the payoff you are looking for. Working hard means putting in the extra hours, perfecting a project that you know matters to the company the most and always being willing to go above the usual/ the expected. Even if it means trying to become productive around managers or bosses who seem to hinder you.
Eliminate distractions
Some employees have the attitude that it is not their company. Twyla Tharp, a successful ballet dancer and choreographer, has been quoted as saying that the key to success is to be aware of what distracts you and give it up for awhile. Tharp’s words are insightful and sharp if there is something that is distracting you from doing your job as you should be or could be, it might be time to put the distraction aside for a while. Working hard and increasing your value as an employee requires being able to give up certain things and distractions should definitely be at the top of that list.
Give up feelings of entitlement
If you have worked for a company for a few years or more, you may feel as though you are owed something, like a promotion or a raise. While it can be challenging, one of the most important ways to increase your value as an employee is to release your hold on any feelings of entitlement, and instead assume that anything you get is because you will have worked hard for it.
Think outside of the box
If there is a challenge that needs an answer, going for the usual solution won’t get you noticed, and it may not be the best resolution. Instead, always consider what the company/user/problem requires, and try to deliver a solution that is tailored to that requirement.
Attract the right attention
Bringing workplace drama about your personal life is never a good idea; instead of having the attention on your for the wrong reasons, get noticed in the workplace because you are the employee who goes the extra mile, puts in the extra time on the project, or is always offering sound and innovative ideas.
Be a visionary
Part of being a member of a team means having a vision of your own and being willing to share that vision with members of your group. If you don’t have a vision for yourself, a vision for a project, or a vision for the company you work for, your ideas won’t be found as innovative and insightful, but rather commonplace and dull.
Remember, if you feel being undervalued in your current company, instead of thinking of ways to get out of the company, try various ways to increase your value within the organization by providing more impact than you used to.
While it is simply leave the job like a lot of people will do, you may not achieve that the sense of fulfillment in your next job and the very same feeling will start to creep in over and over again because you have only tried to escape the problem which lies within you. Instead, focus on how you can work better and smarter and be able to bring in more results for your current company.