7 Expert Tips to Become a Critical Part of the Work Team


Every office has that person who is an indispensable part of the team, who seems to be the go-to person who knows everything and everyone. This individual just doesn’t get there through arbitrary means.  They employ the following tips to help them become an indispensable team member.

  1. Always look for ways to improve your performance.

Individuals who are critical to the office functions and operations are always trying to fine-tune their performance to compete at the highest level and enhance career advancement. They strive to be a good teammate, communicate well, work hard, stay disciplined, and multitask to maintain a competitive edge.

  1. Regularly review work goals and expectations.

It is important to receive feedback from colleagues and your supervisor about your work performance.  Equally important is to regularly review yourself to make sure you are maintaining your own goals and expectations for your job performance and career goals. These self-checks can help ensure you are keeping on track to help you get to the next milestone in your career.

  1. Look for ways to be most productive.

Assessing how to raise the bar and setting new goals to be a more productive member of the work team will help you become indispensable in the workplace.  Companies value employees who initiate ways to raise the performance bar and improve efficiency and cost controls in their business.

  1. Align your goals with the company values.

When you assess goals in your career and development, you should look for ways to do so that align with the company’s priorities, to help move initiatives forward that your company cares about.

  1. Ask questions.

Learn how to speak up and ask questions to ensure that you fully understand the work assignment and are able to accomplish the task in the best possible way for your employer.

  1. Take ownership of your work.

Taking full responsibility for your work is invaluable, whether it is working on a spreadsheet or overseeing a project.  Look at the big picture and how your company will meet its goals as you strategically work to accomplish the task at hand, and support your supervisor and work team.

  1. Make sure your boss looks good.

One of the most important things you can do is to make sure that you accomplish your work assignments in a way that is indispensable to your boss, and that makes their job easier and better. Employers value employees that help them excel and achieve their goals.


Source: “7 Simple Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work,” by Gwen Moran of Fast Company

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