Be an asset to your employer

Friday January 25 2019

Support. Be the employee for whom teamwork

Support. Be the employee for whom teamwork comes naturally and who always offers solutions when there is a crisis. Photo by Godfrey Lugaaju 

By Phionah Nassanga

Becoming an asset to your employer is not by chance. This entails making a deliberate decision to workhard and be committed.
Stirling Gapara, a consultant and Coach at Stirling Leadership Consults, says: “When you aim at becoming an asset to your employer, there will be no doubts about you and as positions are being outsourced or revamped, there will be a reason for you to be retained.”
Furthermore, for any business to become a major player in the market, it recruits and retains whoever proves to be valuable. The more value you add to your job, the more valuable you become to your employer.

Go beyond the call of duty
Gapara also argues that focusing on a particular area of interest in your profession is not a bad idea, but going an extra mile in your way of work is advisable as this creates more opportunities for you?
For example, if you are employed as an accountant, are you willing to learn something to do with sales in order to facilitate how you work as an individual or you are just interested in your area of profession.
Show interest in knowing what is happening in the other departments. However, he says as you do this, go beyond your job description, let your boss know about your intentions not to let your co-workers think you are trying to override.

Invest in yourself
Ronald Sseremba, the CEO Pixels Limited, mentions that many employees assume, having a diploma, Bachelor degree, master or PhD is all they require to stay indispensable at their place of work. As a matter of fact, he says many do not feel the necessity of training in short courses outside their careers, yet others assume it is the company’s responsibility to offer them trainings. “The world is revolving at a faster rate, new technology, and research so you must evolve around it. Your employer or company might not offer you any training but they expect you to be equipped with the required knowledge and work beyond their expectations,” he says.
Nevertheless, today information is at everyone’s exposure unlike before. He says accessing the internet is easy, you can download books, do research, apply for free short online courses and also teach yourself via YouTube thus striving to become a better employee.
Sseremba notes that for any job you are doing, do not remain at the same spot, try to get better than when you were hired. Go for extra trainings and learn from other people as well because what you learn may not only help one retain one’s job, but also build one’s career.

Find a mentor
Fred Wabamba, a lawyer at Rwakafuzi advocates, suggests that as an employee, finding someone to guide you in your career path is enough to show how committed and interested you are in your work.
Your willingness to accept to be guided by say a fellow employee, supervisor or better your employer gives you a chance to display your potential and each time there is an opportunity your employer will find it easy to keep referring to you because you are a go-getter.
“When looking out for a mentor, you can decide to get someone outside your place of work or better, from within. Someone who will nurture your abilities, build your character and provide you with deeper knowledge about your job.” Wabamba advises.

Be a team player
Gapara states that helping and working together with co-workers is an outstanding character employees should embrace.
The ease with which fellow employees turn to you for solutions will show how much value you are adding to your employer or company. He says when there is a problem at work, try to find a solution to it, and not claim it is none of your business. For example, when a football team loses and one of the players says: “at least I scored my two goals.” Claiming it is not their fault. They are not being valuable to their team.
To be an asset, Gapara says, you must work as hard as your employer, you need to be reliable, keep your word and meet the deadlines. In case of anything, then it is right to keep your employer in the know. This will keep you on track and develop positive work relationship with your employer and co-workers.

Take part in projects
Sseremba says for every position you hold in the company, do not wait to be told or asked what to do. Task yourself, always come up with new ideas that could possibly be implemented across by your employer.
He or she might not buy your ideals by they will listen and know how much you are striving to make your work better.
If you think you have an idea that is going to improve the company’s sales, offer to help yourself and colleagues perform better, then share and explain how you think it can be implemented. This will show how dedicated you are.

Benefits of being indispensable

Being indispensable at work means that your employer counts on you, a symbol of efficiency at your job. Fred Wabamba of Rwakafuzi advocates, agrees that being indispensable offers job security when others are outsourced you have a strong back up to hold on to.
As the saying goes, hardwork pays. When there are chances of a promotion, your employer will always have you at the back of their mind. It also validates you and improves your morale and job satisfaction; you feel like a valued member of the team with people relying on your positive contribution.