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6 Tips for Becoming an Irreplaceable Java Employee
As the nation, the economy and businesses continue to heal from the recession, job security is more important than ever to most workers. Java employees can preserve job security by ensuring they are irreplaceable to their companies, says Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., in his new book, “150 Best Jobs for a Secure Future.”
Here are six of Shatkin’s tips for becoming an irreplaceable worker:
Focusing Core Mission of the Company:
Software businesses diversify and serve several functions, but usually there’s a central mission that makes money and determines whether the business will succeed or fail. Identify that central function and play a role in it. Identify the skills the company needs for future development of this function and acquire them.
Better yet, be a part of it. Keep new business methods side by side, especially for handling communication and information, and find ways to use them in your work. The attitude ‘We’ve always done it this way’ will not advance the organization’s mission.” Take chances while implementing new methods.
Be Exceptionally Productive:
This doesn’t necessarily mean working longer hours. It’s more important to find a task or role you can handle that goes beyond your job position. Here again, skills are important because they are the key to productivity. If you have quality time and energy to spare, volunteer to take over a small task that unburdens your manager or a co-worker; this both broadens your skill set and showcases your productivity. Don’t catch yourself saying, ‘’that is not my job.”
In many software companies, the person whose office is next to the boss’s tends to get the best performance appraisals. If you don’t have that office, find ways to make your accomplishments known; don’t wait for performance-appraisal.
Acquire a Mentor:
Find someone who really knows the software business environment, be helpful, and ask a lot of very specific questions, including questions about how to improve your work. Give public credit to the mentor for the advice you get.
Be someone clients like to deal with. Find ways to say positive things about your co-workers and promote their accomplishments. Back-stabbing may seem like a way to get ahead, but it is un-ethical and it can hurt you in the long run. Abrasiveness or whining may make you stand out, but for the wrong reasons. If you really can’t get along with some people in your work group, try to be transferred to one where you will fit in better.
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