Being reliable is one of the most valued attributes across the industry according to our Aspireometer. We recently ran a survey where 31.46% agreed that being able to depend on your employees to deliver was the attribute they valued the most.

Research on what attributes bosses value most in their employees

Having a problem-solving mindset, a positive attitude and honesty and integrity all ranked high. Attitude wins over experience in most cases, which means that these attributes can take you as far as you want to go.

If you try and see things through a hiring manager’s eyes, it’s obvious that to have a team that you can rely on can change your life. It takes a lot of work off your plate, and that translates into time, confidence, and ultimately, well-being.

The question now is, how do you become a team member that your manager can depend on to deliver? We answer this in five steps:

Five steps to become an irreplaceable team member

  1. Build trust with your team members.

Trust provides a sense of safety and makes teams more productive and creative. To build this trust you need to lead by example; be transparent and communicate, find solutions instead of placing the blame and take time to build relationships. Brian Tracy once said “The glue that holds all relationships together — including the relationship between the leader and the led — is trust, and trust is based on integrity.”

  1. Get organised.

Make lists and use your calendar to make sure you track and prioritise all that needs to be done. Dapulse, Trello or Basecamp can help you with this. Double, triple, and then check again before you submit anything to your manager. The odd typo can negatively impact their perception of you.

  1. Make sure your priorities are the same ones as your department’s.

Be smart when prioritising your work and make sure that the things that you do fastest and in the most efficient way are also the ones that make a difference to the business.

  1. Don’t stop learning.

It’s an old adage but it’s true, knowledge is power. Never stop learning skills that can improve your performance, or that will simply help your own personal development. There are always new things to learn and techniques to adopt. Make use of all the training available in your company, ask questions and don’t miss any opportunity to learn.

  1. Do more than what you are asked for.

Be proactive and bring ideas to the table, find what motivates you, and don’t be afraid to suggest new ways to improve things.

Follow these steps consistently and you will soon become a key team member for your manager and colleagues. Our clients would certainly value having someone like you working for them! Want to have a look at our latest opportunities?

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