The Boss’ Right Hand: How to Become Indispensable at Your Office

Be the team player everyone can't be without

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What are you doing to stand out at your job? If you’re vying for a promotion this year, it’s important to make sure your boss notices you—and only for the good things.

An indispensable quality in the workplace is efficiency. As a person in management, your boss is probably under tremendous pressure and needs someone they can always count on to get the job done and done well. Brazen Careerist offers tips to becoming the employee the office can’t do without:

Make sure everyone is on the same page. At the end of a planning or brainstorming meeting, it may seem like everyone has received the same message. After all, everyone nodded and added their own ideas. If you work in a super-enthusiastic or nerdy office, they may have even clapped their hands.

But here’s the thing with communication: you don’t know whether or not everyone is clear on what’s been decided unless you make a concerted effort to find out. After all, sometimes managers will interpret your mere enthusiasm about the idea for a project as actually taking responsibility for it, causing much confusion down the line when you don’t get it done.

Near the end of one-on-one meetings with your boss, take time to summarize what you’ve discussed via a follow-up email to demonstrate your deep understanding for the project (and give the boss a chance to offer some corrections if you’re not on the same page). Then list out all the tasks that need to get done and set goals and due dates, letting your boss help you prioritize. You can apply this mentality to bigger meetings as well if there isn’t a project manager or meeting leader to do this for you.

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