What makes you a valuable asset?
You may see yourself as an effective worker, but others may not. Ultimately, it’s your managers, peers, and clients that determine how well you work.
You must accomplish more than what is expected of you. Only then will you be considered a high-value asset to your company. It takes more than just achieving your sales target and meeting your deliverables to set yourself apart from other high performers. Every individual in your team has the capacity to perform their role well, but not everyone makes a measurable difference to the business.
Remember that the value you bring is directly proportionate to the way you interact with others. You won’t be successful in your role if you aren’t able to relate to people on a personal level. But when you’re able to do that, you’ll be seen as a highly valuable asset to the team that they can’t afford to lose.
So, how do you become a valuable asset to your company?
- Define your career goal/s
Set a clear career goal that you want to achieve during your stay in the company. You should know your strengths and weaknesses to contribute to your team. Take advantage of tasks that cater to your strengths or area of expertise, then work on improving your weaknesses. This will help you overcome challenges you may encounter in the future.
- Set realistic deadlines
Be sure to deliver your promises to clients and colleagues. It would hurt your professional reputation to “over promise but underdeliver.” At the heart of it, you need to be realistic with the deadline you provide and be reliable in providing the output. Provide regular updates of your progress and anticipate possible obstacles that may delay your submission.
- Build trust through your reputation
Always remember to put the interests of your managers and peers above yours. You need to be empathetic in providing excellent service to them. When they see you considering their current situations and not being selfish about your own needs – they will surely return the favor. And help ensure a more harmonious relationship between you and your team.
Most importantly, give credit where credit is due. Remember you are working as a team – it’s never a one-man’s effort to succeed. It’s a team effort that celebrates the positive outcome of every individual’s contribution and effort.