How to Become Indispensable to Your Employer
If you want to become indispensable to your employer, take a look at these key characteristics that I believe that will help you succeed in any job.
- A good employee makes consistent, strong effort at all times.
No matter what industry you are in, you are going to have stress and times of discouragement, difficulty, and weariness. A good employee isn’t affected by those things. Stress comes, but they don’t whine and complain about it. They deal with it and continue to be one of those rare breed that perform at peak capacity regardless of the challenge.
- A good employee does not require any hands-on management.
When we transitioned from the business arena to ministry, the Lord spoke to me and said, “You’re going to have to trust that the people you’ve prayed about hiring are the ones I’ve sent you. Get your hands off their work. Don’t micromanage what they do. They’re gifted to do what I’ve sent them to you to do. If you micromanage, you keep them from growing in the gift I’ve given them and you load up your time with something that it shouldn’t be loaded up with.”
Employees don’t need to show their enthusiasm for a job by asking their boss a ton of questions. The more hands-on management an employee requires, the less value he or she is to the company.
- A good employee is an idea person.
Good employees have a lot of good ideas about how to run their area(s) of responsibility. They’re constantly thinking and asking God about what they can do to improve their work; the good ideas they come up with are what ultimately produce growth and change.
Good ideas are available to everybody. According to the Bible, God will give you witty ideas and inventions if you ask Him.
- A good employee is a problem solver.
How many people have you bumped into who are great at finding fault with everything that’s going on? “Pastor, this is not working right. Look what they did. Look at this.” They’re great problem finders, but they never solve problems.
If you aren’t a problem solver, you are almost invariably a problem creator or a problem finder. Good employees find ways to creatively solve problems they see.
- A good employee works well with others.
Your job, whatever it is, is a team effort with you and your other coworkers. The body of Christ doesn’t have any superheroes or all-stars. We all have a contribution to make and valuable employees are not conflict prone, people like being around them, and they choose to work well with other people.
- A good employee has a positive effect on others.
The people who are most desirable as employees always seem to have the effect of positively encouraging those around them. Certain people just have the capacity to dampen contention and magnify a sense of enthusiasm and excitement about what’s going on. That person is worth their weight in gold.
- A good employee sees their own inefficiencies.
When good employees make a mistake or recognize inefficiencies in a particular area in their lives, they’re honest enough with themselves to see it and change without having somebody pointing it out to them.
- A good employee knows what they are doing.
Job knowledge is important. Make sure you have the capacity to handle your position. If you know you are falling short of the mark, take the initiative to educate yourself through extra schooling or seminars to get your knowledge up to speed in the area you are working in.
The employee you want to be is the kind who helps your leaders accomplish the vision of your organization. Don’t distract your leader by creating a reason for him or her to need to come alongside you and hold your hand until the job is done. Your leader has hired you for a reason and it’s absolutely normal for him or her to expect that you will accomplish what you’ve been given.
I’m sure the list could go on, but this should give you a very solid idea of what employers want. Put these to work in your life and I know you’ll become a valuable employee to your organization.