Have You Made Yourself Too Indispensable at Work?

Posted by Mitzi Branvold | Thursday, September 5, 2019

Have You Made Yourself Too Indispensable at Work?

Posted by Mitzi Branvold | Thursday, September 5, 2019

In general, it is a good idea to work hard because your employers will recognize you and promote you for doing so. But there is another school of thought which suggests that you should not make yourself too indispensable at work. If no one can do what you do, then why would your employers promote you? They would want to keep you in that position because it will be impossible to find someone to replace you. In this case, working hard seems to work against you.

Indicators That You Are Doing Well At Work

So what should you do about the above state of affairs? Well, the first step should be to evaluate where you are at work. Do you feel like you are doing your best in your current position? Have your employers come to rely upon you? Do people come to you for help and advice? In general, these are all good indicators.

Indicators That You Have Made Yourself Too Indispensable

On the other hand, ask yourself whether you have been at the same job for many years. When was the last time you got a promotion? Was it more than five years ago? How about a raise? If you haven’t received an increase in your salary or a promotion for five years, then that does indicate that something has gone wrong. If you feel like new people have come and been promoted before you, then you should ask yourself if you have really made yourself a little too indispensable at work.

Working Hard/Learning More Are Always Good

The fact is that it’s always a good idea to work hard and to learn as much as you can about your job, your company and your field. Even if you feel like you are not getting the type of appreciation you would like to have in your company, maybe there’s another company out there which will be able to appreciate the kind of dedication you bring.

Consider Training Someone Else for Your Job

Your first course of action should always be to try and figure out what the blockage is within your own company. Maybe in order for you to get a promotion, you need to find someone new and train them for the position you currently hold. This will make it possible for your higher-ups to give you the promotion or the raise you truly deserve.