How often do you sit down and take the time to reflect on your value as an employee? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably not very often – which is unfortunate, because your value as an employee has a tremendous bearing on career success.
Before we start, it is important to understand that you are an investment. At one point, your employer assessed the value that you would create to be more than the cost to employ you. Therefore, your career hinges on the expectation that you will be a value-producing asset. Once you can grasp this reality, you can begin to consider ways in which you can increase the value that you create, which in-turn will increase your own worth.
The following list outlines 5 not-so-obvious factors in determining one’s value.
1. Are you a good organization fit?
In other words, do you “fit in” within the company’s culture. Are you the type who improves the dynamics of the workplace, or do you cause tension and lower the productivity of others. We are often too focused on our own career, that we forget the effect that we have on our colleagues. Productivity is contagious, and you can compound your value by helping others produce more of their own.
2. Do you improve current processes?
Nobody knows your job as well as you do – and you are also in a prime position to identify its weakest links. There is always room for improvement, and your ability to think of innovative ways to improve internal processes will have a huge impact on your own value, and also set the trajectory of your career. By creating processes which will benefit your employer down the road, you will increase your own worth tremendously.
3. Do you represent the brand truthfully?
Brands evolve to take on human traits: they form a personality, values, and a belief system. If you are going to be representing a brand well, then you need to understand it inside and out. The foundation of any brand is the people behind it, and employers place added value on employees who are able to represent the brand positively.
4. Are you career-oriented, or do you only work when you’re getting paid?
You will be hard pressed to find a successful career which was created through minimum effort. A person with a time-card mentality will only work as long as they are getting paid. If you want to increase your worth, then you will need to produce more value – and an effective way to accomplish this is to put in extra time and effort. This may mean coming in 30 minutes earlier, staying an hour late, or sacrificing some time on the weekend. Provided you are led by competent management, this will not go unnoticed.
5. Are you focusing on the what’s imperative, or just keeping busy?
Effort and results don’t necessarily come hand-in-hand. It is normal to think that as long as we are keeping busy, then we are ‘good employees’. What’s important is that we are keeping busy with the things that matter, and not just doing tasks that fill our time and give a false sense of productivity. Focus on the things which are most imperative to the company’s bottom line first.
In order to advance your career – let alone keep your job – you must generate more value than you are compensated for. Once you understand that there is a positive correlation between compensation and the value you generate, you will be more in-tune of how you can increase your worth as an employee, and move yourself closer towards that well-earned promotion.
How have you managed to defeat laziness and improve productivity in your own life? Let us know in the comments below.
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