If you want more job security, find a way to become a valuable asset to your boss. Don’t know how to do that? Read on.
If a business wants to thrive, prosper and become a major player in the field, it has to recruit, hire and retain who can bring a whole lot of value to the organization, and, in turn, to its customers.
The more value you add to your job, the more valuable you become to your employer. This will not only determine a pay rise in your salary, but also more opportunities on the horizon than your co-workers. And when and if your company will have to trim the fat in order to survive, your employer will do everything within his/her power to ensure that he/she retains you.
Regardless of your position, a hard-working employee or a CEO, one way or the other you will have to bring value to your company.
Consider the questions that follow in an honest manner and rate yourself from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). Rate yourself on your current performance levels and not on your desired ones.
1. Am I reliable when it comes to attendance, work and results?
2. Do I show any improvement with each year that passes?
3.Does it seem like I am moving forward with purpose and not simply resting on past accomplishments?
4. Do I spend the vast majority of my time at work with top performing employees?
5. Did I recently add to my job description on my own initiative?
6. Does it happen that I tend to set goals for myself along with the ones my boss sets?
7. Am I constantly asking for feedback regarding my performance from both my colleagues and my boss?
8. In comparison to my colleagues, how does my performance fare? Is is favorable for me?
9. Am I collaborating great with others and maintain great professional relationships?
Now that the test is done, go ahead and add up your score. How did you do?
The highest possible score is 45, while the lowest possible one is 9. The closer you are to 45, the more valuable of an asset you are to your company.
Are you seeing some gaps in your performance? That is, questions where you scored lower than the others. If that is the case, you can use the results as guidelines or a map that leaves room for improvement.
If it just so happens that you’ve rated yourself only a 1 for Question 6, then probably you need to put some extra effort into setting goals for yourself along with the one your boss sets.
You are the only person that has the ability to increase the value you bring to the business. So why not use it?