How to be Indispensable

I have a theory, and I think it’s a good one. I think the best way to both work your way up the ladder and make yourself Indispensable at a company is to make sure you are replaceable, and better yet – work hard to engineer yourself out of your current job. I know it seems backwards in these days of economic hardship. People are guarded and tend to shroud their positions in secrecy thinking it is the “safe” route, but I beg to differ. I have noticed that it is those who are organized, document information, communicate well and look for continuous improvement that are the same people who seem to excel. Those that are engineering new, more automated, streamlined processes are adding value because the ability to do just that in itself is a valuable skill. What could be the fate for those that are in hiding? Well, I’m afraid the world might eventually find a way to engineer around them. If no one knows what they do, those around them also won’t know when a piece of information is relevant to them, their job or career. I would guess they may stagnate and maybe even fade away. If you think about it from the employer’s point of view, which employee would you work harder to hold on to? The organized go-getter who is making a difference, or the mysterious person (with the mysterious job function) behind door #2?

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About hollybarber

I have a well-rounded communications and photography/video background with a healthy dose of technology. I enjoy the creation process, carrying projects through from concept to finish and the challenge of fine-tuning processes. I like to be organized, and I have a regard for the importance of proper asset management. I definitely have a creative side that enjoys design work, photography and art direction. I like to imagine the possibilities and think of clever, creative solutions. Continuously exploring and learning is part of my nature, which makes me a natural fit for working with technology and the Internet. Specialties: Web producing, digital communications, design, usability, mobile marketing, web marketing, creative problem solving, art direction, process improvement, project management, digital imaging, branding
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