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Can you make yourself irreplaceable? Here’s how to maximise your value at work


Jennie Marshall | 18 September 2013

Do you know how to be irreplaceable? Is there such a thing? In truth, no one is indispensable. People come and people go. But that does not mean you cannot strive to be irreplaceable.

To strive to be irreplaceable will make you almost indispensable. Almost is the key word. But almost will give you the competitive advantage in terms of salary increment and promotion opportunity.

In order to get ahead at work you need to get more done. Eventually the employee that gets more done will be viewed better than one that does not.

1. Time management
Are you good at managing your time and workload? Being good at using time is a sure way of getting more done in a day. Knowing your priorities and deadlines are crucial in being effective and efficient. At the end of the day, you will be measured by your output and deliverables. To be able to manage your time well and use it well is crucial to know how to be irreplaceable.

2. Start early
If you are not an early riser, perhaps it is time to start. Start your day a bit earlier, get that one or two extra hours in there and see how it changes your day. There is no rush, no unnecessary stress and you start to clear half the things before others even get in to work on it. You will get more done and have extra time for your initiatives. Being early at work also impresses some bosses.

3. Stay motivated
No one can motivate you. Motivation is something within. It is what drives you. It is what makes you take sacrifices. It is the thing that delays gratification because you know your priorities. Stay motivated at work, when bosses need not worry about how you feel, you are always energetic and positive you are more irreplaceable than an employee that is also down and feeling blue.

4. Learn to be collaborative
Learn to cooperate and get people into agreements and find common ground. It is an action not many people can do. It needs you to let go off your ego and work for the greater good of the company.

Also, learn to share information, solutions and any ideas that can help improve work. Build camaraderie amongst co-workers. That way you not only have the support of the boss when promotion comes around but your colleagues too.

You get more done besides building better networks when you collaborate. How's that for how to be irreplaceable?

5. Stay connected
First you must raise your own self-awareness . Without knowing yourself, you cannot say you know others. You must be contemplative so you know your own thoughts, words and actions. Then you can begin to relate to another colleague better knowing this relationship affects the company and its objectives. When you are sincere with yourself then only can you be sincere to others.

6. Passionate
Bring energy and enthusiasm into your work and engage people in it. Be relentless in your pursuit in achieving the greater goal of the company because you know when you do this you can be irreplaceable. When you do this, you become a promotable choice. Speak often about what can be done and seek ways to do it. Be positive in your undertaking and learn to despise being a naysayer. With energy and enthusiasm, you get more done.

7. Aim high
Have good high goals so your bosses know you have ambition. People like winners. They are more likely to help you achieve your goals than to bring you down. If they do, they are likely to be toxic people so work around them or get away from them. Aim high so you know you will stay challenged. Someone who is constantly overcoming challenges becomes good at what he or she does.

So, how to be irreplaceable? Get more done by doing these action steps today.

Jennie Marshall
QA Learning Expert: Leadership, Management and Business Skills

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Jennie Marshall

Learning Programme Director (Enterprise and Outsource Services)

Jennie Marshall is an award winning learning professional (Winner of the 2016 Learning Performance Institute, Learning Professional of the Year Bronze Award), who joined QA in 2010 as a Learning Consultant in the Leadership, Management and Business Skills team. She has gone on to progress through various positions to her current role of Learning Programme Director where she now designs, develops and manages the delivery of end to end learning programmes. She is an experienced and dedicated learning professional, with expertise including management, leadership and talent, and training and facilitation developed within a variety of environments. Jennie has a proven track record of delivering blended, multi modal learning programmes using Learning Management System platforms and in a more traditional face to face setting, is at home with small and large audiences. She is a proven developer of people and is accredited in the use of a variety of tools including Strength Deployment Inventory®, Emergenetics®, Hogan®, Prism® and Worldsview™ as well as being an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner and Kirkpatrick Certified Professional (Bronze).
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