…and how you can avoid becoming a statistic.

Do you remember the first time in your life where you felt unvalued?
For me it was the day I was left out of my primary school soccer team, despite all my mates being picked – even big Browny who was born with two left feet! Apparently, I was too small, too slow, and too timid. It was a ‘kick in the guts’ feeling I’ll never forget. Sadly, it is a feeling many employees across Newcastle and the Hunter Valley experience daily, and one many more will experience in 2020.

So, if this a reality for so many, what can you do about it?

You’ve really got two options – you can find a role where people value you for ‘what you are’, or you can become so highly valuable that your current employer will never want to lose you; and even if they do, you’ll sleep soundly in the knowledge your value on the open market will skyrocket.

But there are a few things you should know before you set out to increase your value as an employee. This article will highlight the most important things you need to know to ensure you successfully change the opinion of anyone who questions your true worth.
If you are looking to avoid becoming a statistic in 2020, the best way to do this and to increase your value to any business in the process, is to look at the following three things.

  1. Put yourself in the business owner’s shoes – and ask yourself the following questions:
  • What does the business need most of all from its employees?
  • What kind of attitude would a business owner value?
  • What would you value in an employee?

Think about those people within the business that everyone loves having in the room, and those within the business everyone loves to see leave the room – and make sure you are in the first category!

  1. Be flexible – as Hope Szymanski puts it, in a recent article published on Medium:

“Don’t be a raw spaghetti noodle — the kind of person who snaps in half when change is mentioned. Try very hard to address all problems that have to do with a change in plans with a smile and some patience.”
As businesses owners struggle to adjust their old business model to remain viable in the face of COVID-19, employees with a willingness to be flexible are valued now more than ever before.

  1. Be someone who attacks the disease, not the symptoms:

Inc. 500 entrepreneur and best-selling author Kevin Daum talks about the importance of being an employee whose “contribution far outweighs their cost, regardless of their expense.” The best way to do this, writes Daum in an article published on Inc. is to care about truly solving problems.
“So much company time goes to firefighting on a reactive basis. Employees create value when they assess the root cause of the problems and make systemic change that eliminates the problems completely.”
Every great business has this kind of employee, and the great businesses have them in spades. Put yourself in this category and your boss will forever see you as in investment, not a cost.

Now that you know how to increase your value as an employee, you will realise you already have everything you need to become the employee every employer wants in their team. Better still, you can stop worrying about the statistic everyone is fearing most in 2020.

If you are an employee and feel trapped in a role where you will never realise your true value – get in touch with Newcastle and the Hunter’s leading boutique recruitment agency. Coastal Recruitment Group can introduce you to new roles that will see you realise your full worth – check out our current advertised positions, call our office or email your CV to hello@coastalrecruitmentgroup.com.au today.

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