How can I become an irreplaceable employee

Make yourself indispensable in the job - 7 tips on how to stand out from the crowd

If you want to get ahead in your job, you have to make yourself indispensable. But how do you stand out from the crowd? I tell you.

The fear of losing one's job is unbearable for many. Nowadays one hears very often that person XY suddenly finds himself without a job overnight. The reason is usually the termination for operational reasons. And this mostly affects the workers and employees who are drowned out in the crowd. Those who just do the job. However, it takes more to make yourself indispensable. You have to show the executive floor that the company cannot do without you because only you can do this or that particularly well.

By the way, to stand out does not mean to work countless hours of overtime or to be available at all times. Rather, it is important to be able to demonstrate a good combination between specialist knowledge and one's personality. This is the only way to become an irreplaceable employee. Word of this gets around and, as is well known, a good reputation outside of your own company can never hurt.

But how do you make yourself indispensable in your job?

7 tips: How to make yourself irreplaceable

❖ Tip 1: More than just a pattern

Whoever only does what is brought to him, drowns in the crowd. Think outside the box. Do not just get involved in the topics of your area of ​​responsibility, but also look to the right and left. If you only work like everyone else in the company might do, you can't show your boss how special he is. Show him that it is worth keeping you in the company.

❖ Tip 2: Be flexible

Nowadays a company rarely functions as it did 20 years ago. A lot has happened over the years, especially in the field of technology. Those who are not open to new ideas and are afraid of change are signaling their employer that they are inflexible and very few people need that.

An indispensable employee should be flexible and able to adapt to changing circumstances again and again.

❖ Tip 3: Bring your own ideas

Those who actively participate in the company's development and impress with positive ideas make themselves indispensable, as the Porsche survey shows. If you put your own stamp on work steps, products or the like, you show the boss that you are thriving in your job and that you can identify with your work. It doesn't matter what position you have in the company. Anyone who has ideas should definitely make them known publicly. Do not be afraid!

❖ Tip 4: Further develop professionally

Knowledge is power and you should benefit from it. In the professional world in particular, there are numerous opportunities for further training that enable you to develop your professional skills. Those who know more than their employees make themselves indispensable to the boss. Do not rest on what you may already have and can, but expand your skills. Take advantage of subject-specific training opportunities. You don't even have to leave the company to do this. The in-house training courses from WBS Akademie also train employees on site using tailor-made learning concepts.

❖ Tip 5: Specialize

Knowing something about all areas is not wrong, but when it comes to crisis situations, for example, the boss tends to prefer someone who specializes in one thing, a project or an area.

So go deeper into yourself and think carefully about what your strengths are and what specialist knowledge you could develop in order to be the first point of contact for the boss.

❖ Tip 6: socialize

Whether within the department or externally - it is important to have contacts. Do not be the one who spends the lunch break alone or withdraws - those who are “invisible” will not be noticed. It is important to have different contacts within the company with whom you maintain a good relationship. You have to show the boss that you not only use your knowledge for yourself, but also let your colleagues share it in order to move the entire company forward.

In your free time, too, you should always stretch out your feelers a little. Sometimes it is precisely then that good contacts can be made with potential new customers.

❖ Tip 7: Learn to say no

As in the private sphere, there should always be give and take within the teaching staff. Of course, there are times when a colleague asks you a favor because he or she just doesn't have the time for an important phone call or simply has difficulty solving a problem. Be careful not to be taken advantage of. Often you tend to relieve your colleagues of this work, although you can hardly save yourself from appointments. In such a case, learn to say no. You can find tips on how to do this in Orizon's career guide. If you have a plausible reason, this will not be counted as a disadvantage. Rather, you show that you have a certain assertiveness and that in turn makes you indispensable.