What’s your value add?
Your value add is the REAL contribution you make to the company’s success. It goes beyond completing the tasks in your job scope.
You only start to add value when your contributions produce measurable results for the company. That can come in many ways: higher cost savings, a simplified process, increased sales, and customer satisfaction.
You can do something unique in your role. Your performance reflects your work ethic and commitment to the company. You understand why you were hired and do what you can to fulfill it. There are no shortcuts in showing the company your value add. You need to work hard at it. Or else, your stay in the company would not have a direct impact on the improvement of the company.
Here are three ways you can add value to your employer:
- Think like an owner. Think of your company’s bottom line. And focus on profit-generating activities that help increase your company’s profit potential.
- Time management. Remember “time is money”. So, use it wisely and prioritize high-value work. For example: if you’re tasked with making a report – focus on the data and content of the report rather than structure and form. Don’t waste too much time worrying about how it looks but take time to understand how such data correlates with the results.
- Have a thirst for learning. It’s good practice to learn things outside of your role. Where you understand how your company works, you know what needs to be done. What problems to help solve. And then take up the relevant training or course to learn “how” to solve those problems.
- Be an innovator. Be creative enough to pitch new ideas to improve the way you do things. But be prepared to defend your ideas and receive criticisms. You want to let your executive team know that you’re thinking big and thinking of ways to help them. With solid research to back up your concept, you can convince them of testing or approving your recommendation.
- Exceed customer/client expectations. Where you demonstrate your value add to a client, your company also benefits from it. Because a satisfied client means more referrals and repeat sales.
Most importantly, don’t forget to display a positive attitude at work. Do your work well and contribute more to the success of your company. Expand your professional capabilities to do more for your team. And continue to motivate yourself at work and take control of your career.