You want to be needed so badly that they keep giving you money. Here’s what the experts suggest.
By: Chris Matyszczyk – Modified by Amr Badran
Today’s topic is how to make your bosses believe that you are the one person they can’t live without.
Or, at least, work without.
Be The Expert On Something.
This seems fairly obvious, doesn’t it? If you can do what no one else can — or if, at least, you know more about something than anyone else — you will be turned to as a so-called guru. The slight problem with this is that experts can sometimes end up like soap-opera actors. You can get easily typecast as the person who specializes in this one area only, nothing else. Suddenly, that’s all you ever are.
Make Yourself Known Throughout The Company.
This expert suggest networking till you can do it no more. Oh, you’ve seen these people. They’re the ones who methodically wander about the place making friends with everyone and trying to become unforgettable. Sometimes, though, people see through this act and get bored of it. If you’re going to do this, be genuine, not pushy.
Make The Company (More) Money.
Suggest a new initiative that will increase the bottom line. Yes, it might get several of your co-workers fired, yourself included! Let’s say, a new technology that will eventually put an end to your job!
I’ve seen people create wonderful initiatives, make the company money and still get fired themselves because, well, they just weren’t one of the in-people for the new initiative they suggested!
Enthusiasm for your job allows you to be more courageous. Is that necessarily true? Sometimes, enthusiastic people so love their jobs that they don’t see the reorganization coming. They don’t see that others have manipulated themselves into indispensable positions while they, the enthusiastic ones, are regarded as expendable.
Be Constantly Vigilant.
“Continually develop your skills, stay on top of your role and stay connected to those around you,” suggests one fine expert. Well, yes. But it’s also important to stay connected to those around you and more important to stay connected to those who wield decisions.
Hold Your Head Up.
This apparently means that physically, mentally and emotionally you must never let your head drop. Which might be awkward if you’re ducking under a barrier on a construction site.
This fine expert, though, insists that: “When you enter your managers’ office, keep your head up, when you walk in at the beginning of the day and leave at the end of a day, head up.” This might, indeed, make a good impression. It might also make some people think you’re a little stiff.