Do you add value to your employer or organization? I ask because if you’re not adding value then exactly what are you adding?
Generally speaking, very generally speaking, companies have two types of employees, those who they think of in terms of “why should we keep them,” and those they think of in terms of “how can we keep them.”
It’s never good to be in that first group. Always looking for ways to be more valuable to your company is a great way to ensure you’re in the second group.
But what exactly is this “value” thing anyway. Well the answer to that is, it depends. I know that “it depends” is a really weak answer but the fact is, it depends. Value is determined by the person or group receiving it. What that means is if you want to be certain that you’re adding value you’re going to have to ask.
If you’ve never sat down with your manager or leader and asked what you can do to add more value to your company or organization then you ought to consider doing that soon. It’s a worthwhile discussion and you’ll very likely learn something that will surprise you.
Without that specific information you’re left to guess at what adding value looks like. That said, here are a few pretty good guesses:
Lighten your leaders load. Whenever you have the opportunity, take something off your boss’s plate. If you can help them get more done then do it but never at the expense of your own responsibilities. Failure to do your job does not help your organization, your boss might like the extra help it at first but it won’t last.
Learn new things. If you’re not consistently growing and learning it’s unlikely that you’ll continuously add value. Thanks to the Internet it’s never been easier to learn something new every day. Choose your sources well however as not everything you read online is true… I know that comes as a shock to some people but it’s true that not everything online is true. That however is true. 🙂
Share the wealth. Your knowledge makes you valuable, sharing your knowledge makes you value added. If everything you know leaves your organization when you do that’s a terrible waste. Coach, mentor and teach whenever you see the opportunity. If you have the ability to help others grow you’ll always be in demand somewhere. It’s the truest form of job security there is these days.
It’s your actions that will determine if you’re a “should we” or a “how do we” type of employee. If you want to be a “should we keep them” type then don’t do a thing… you’re probably already there.
If you want to be a “how do we keep them” type then step up, do more, do it smarter,and do it often.
It’s not just a mindset, it’s a mindset of success!
3 thoughts on “Are You an Added Value?”
Excellent article Steve. Whether your relationships are internal or external the key is to be always giving value. I see too many people within organisations limiting their perception of the value they should bring to their job title. To really succeed one needs to understand the aims of the other person and then find a way to give them value regardless of the job description.
Great point… Job descriptions are irrelevant for successful people. When you do what needs to be done without worrying about who gets the “credit” then you’re truly adding value!