A while back, I wrote a post entitled, “Three Ways to Add Value to a Company Before Getting Hired.” It still is quite popular, in part because people are finding it when they Google “ways to add value to your company.” Due to this demand for adding value to your company when employed, I’ll give you a quick rundown of things you can do:
1) Do your job. OK, stop with the “Well, duh!” that you’re thinking (and you know you are). But really, how many times do we hear about folks who are getting in trouble because they are messing around on social media sites or talking too much or playing hooky from work instead of doing the stuff that they are being paid to do? Simply carrying out the duties of your job description will add value to your employer because they need someone to meet the customers’ needs, create reports, balance the books, etc. That’s why they hired you, after all. And it puts you ahead of your colleagues who are trying to find ways to do everything but work.
2) Every week, learn something new that could impact the company. It doesn’t have to be a huge thing; even reading an interesting article that pertains to your company’s biggest competitor could be enlightening. And then there’s also the more traditional learning that happens in universities, at conferences, and at seminars. As the saying goes, “Knowledge is power.” Learn more so you can strengthen your position as someone who knows about the latest trends in your industry.
3) Implement the new concepts you are learning. This is a common occurrence — you go to a conference, connect with contemporaries in other companies, learn lots of cool stuff, and make plans to change the existing practices. But, upon arrival at the office on Monday morning, you get totally overwhelmed by all the work that is piled on your desk. “I’ll get back to the conference when I get all this work out of the way,” you mutter. Problem is, there always seems to be more work. Be a part of that small percentage that can successfully enact the innovative concepts learned at training, and you will be adding a great deal of value to your company.
4) Go beyond the job description. Do you hear people at work say, “That’s not my job” when presented with a task that falls a bit outside their realm? Of course, you have. The thing is, not every scenario can be predicted, and sometimes work gets really busy. Going the extra mile to do something additional will give you exposure to a task that you may not have worked with before. Plus, it shows that you are focused on the needs of the company and its clients.
5) Become known as a problem solver. What do you do when situations crop up? Do you a) run to your boss asking, “What should I do?” or do you b) see if you can figure out a solution yourself? In general, your supervisor will be very happy to see you taking ownership of your position by working out problems. Of course, exercise some discretion — don’t take on issues that are way beyond the scope of your department or try to bluff your way through something you know nothing about.
What other ways do you add value to your employer?
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