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101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work

Book Description

With jobless rates at their highest in decades and companies worldwide making tough decisions about downsizing and layoffs, it's more important than ever for employees to keep the job they have and make themselves invaluable. 101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work is a hands-on, no nonsense guide to making the most of your job and appearing valuable to upper management. It contains tips and techniques to make you look more valuable to your employer, and will even help you advance in your company and career as well. Topics covered include building positive work habits, fostering people skills, expanding leadership abilities, making good impressions, and more. The tips and techniques are relevant to workers in any industry or at any skill level. Invaluable for both new hires and seasoned workplace veterans 101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work will help make sure you're not the next casualty of the recession!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Introduction
  5. 101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work
  6. 1. Surpass the Competition
    1. 1: Gain a Competitive Edge
    2. 2: Plan for Advancement
    3. 3: Make It Happen
    4. 4: Develop a Positive Attitude
    5. 5: Take Responsibility
      1. Assess Your Accountability
    6. 6: Be Self-Reliant
    7. 7: Generate Ideas
    8. 8: Follow the Rules
    9. Summary
  7. 2. Make a Good Impression
    1. 9: Show Enthusiasm
    2. 10: Be Dependable
    3. 11: Take the Initiative
    4. 12: Show Up and Be Punctual
    5. 13: Be Friendly and Sincere
    6. 14: Be Honest
    7. 15: Admit Mistakes
    8. 16: Be Tactful
    9. 17: Be Confident
    10. 18: Keep Confidences
    11. 19: Be Realistic
    12. 20: Keep Your Personal Business Out of the Office
    13. 21: Never Discuss Salary with Coworkers
    14. 22: Use Good Hygiene and Grooming Habits
    15. Summary
  8. 3. Develop Work Savvy
    1. 23: Learn About Your Boss
    2. 24: Know Your Company’s Products and Services
    3. 25: Help Your Boss Meet Her Goals
    4. 26: Anticipate Your Boss’s Needs and Make Yourself Invaluable
    5. 27: Work the Hours Required
    6. 28: Pull Your Own Weight
    7. 29: Ask for Help When You Need It
    8. 30: Don’t be Afraid to Admit You Do Not Have All the Answers
    9. 31: Don’t Bad-Mouth the Boss, Customers, or Coworkers
    10. 32: Follow the Company Mission Statement
    11. Summary
  9. 4. Build Positive Work Habits
    1. 33: Follow Directions
    2. 34: Don’t Gossip or Spread Rumors
    3. 35: Give a Good Day’s Work
    4. 36: Be Flexible
    5. 37: Be Efficient
    6. 38: Get Organized
    7. 39: Manage Your Time
      1. More Time Management Tips
    8. 40: Do Not Abuse Office Equipment or Take Office Supplies
    9. 41: Avoid Using Office Phones for Personal Business
    10. 42: Avoid Wasting Company Time on Personal Interests
    11. 43: Avoid Wasting Company Time on the Internet
    12. 44: Do Not Complain
    13. 45: Do Not Waste Time on Idle Chat
    14. 46: Write It Down
    15. 47: Produce Error-Free Work
    16. 48: Consolidate Tasks
    17. 49: Manage Stress
      1. Stress Reduction Tips
    18. Summary
  10. 5. Skills and Education
    1. 50: Keep Up to Date
    2. 51: Learn from Your Mistakes
    3. 52: Learn Something New Each Week
    4. 53: Improve Your Skills
    5. 54: Keep Up with Technology
    6. 55: Keep Up with Advancements in Your Field
    7. 56: Take Classes or Attend Seminars and Lectures
    8. 57: Get a Degree
    9. 58: Get Certified
    10. 59: Develop Good Judgment
    11. Summary
  11. 6. Foster People Skills
    1. 60: Provide Excellent Customer Service
    2. 61: Get Along with Coworkers
    3. 62: Get Along with Your Boss
    4. 63: Have a Kind Word for Everyone
    5. 64: Don’t Infringe on the Rights of Others
    6. 65: Maintain Positive Nonverbal Communications
    7. 66: Criticize Positively
    8. 67: Don’t Distract Other People
    9. 68: Develop a Sense of Humor
    10. 69: Give Credit Where Credit Is Due
    11. 70: Communicate Well
    12. 71: Be a Good Listener
    13. Summary
  12. 7. Expand Your Leadership Skills
    1. 72: Emulate Management
    2. 73: Be a Mentor
    3. 74: Make Decisions Skillfully
      1. Questions to Ask Yourself When Making Decisions
      2. Tips for Making Decisions
    4. 75: Delegate
    5. 76: Teach Others
    6. 77: Look for Ways to Improve Productivity
    7. 78: Learn to Give Professional Presentations
    8. 79: Contribute During Meetings
    9. 80: Take on Extra Responsibility Cheerfully
    10. 81: Be a Leader, Not a Follower
    11. 82: Share Information
    12. 83: Remain in Control of Your Emotions
    13. 84: Never Embarrass Yourself or Others at Social Functions
    14. 85: Write for a Company Newsletter or Start One
    15. 86: Get the Company Involved in Volunteerism
    16. Summary
  13. 8. Strategies for Success
    1. 87: Visualize Success
      1. Be Clear about Your Vision
    2. 88: Learn How to Advance within the Company
    3. 89: Be a Representative for Excellence
      1. Tips for Projecting an Effective Professional Image
    4. 90: Become an Expert at Your Job
    5. 91: Keep a Record of Your Accomplishments
    6. 92: Find a Mentor
    7. 93: Write a Training Manual
    8. 94: Dress the Part
    9. 95: Network
    10. Summary
  14. 9. Have a Plan
    1. 96: Maintain Balance
    2. 97: Look for Ways to Improve Your Job
    3. 98: Follow Through
    4. 99: Set Personal Goals
    5. 100: Evaluate Goals
    6. 101: Be Aware of Office Politics
    7. Summary