How to make yourself indispensable

Urgent message: In today’s rapidly changing and hypercompetitive business environment, you don’t have to “reinvent yourself” to become “indispensable.” Rather, you should focus on adding complementary skills to your current strengths.

Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc is Chief Executive Officer of Velocity Urgent Care and is Practice Management Editor of The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine.

The unfortunate reality of today’s managerial world is that turnover happens all the time. Moreover, it happens quickly. Even if you have been successful in your current role, business can change in an instant—blink and you could find yourself without a job. Retaining a position as a manager takes more than having years of experience. Rather, it takes specific skills that must be grown and adapted over time to meet the time-sensitive needs of an organization.

So, what’s the key to becoming indispensable? It’s complementing the things you already do well with new leadership skills.

Always Adapting

Good leaders understand that stagnation is a problematic trait in any organization. Stagnation slows down the entire operation and can be catastrophic if left unchecked. In the healthcare setting, it is all-too-easy to slip into a routine and become a stagnant leader. Urgent care owner/operators should both be aware of this and take steps to combat it.

“Succeeding as a start-up founder increases the chance you’ll be fired—because, among other reasons, the skills required to scale a company are so different than those required to launch one.” Zenger H, et al. Making yourself indispensable. Harvard Business Review. October 2011.

Change is inevitable as a company grows. Even if the company’s size doesn’t expand, the way things are run will be different in a year, compared to day one. For example, a new urgent care center in the early years may be focusing heavily on marketing and community promotion to get its name out and ramp up visit counts. In this case, a leader with strong marketing skills is indispensable. However, once that center has established itself in the community, there is not as much need for promotion and the focus will necessarily shift to improved efficiency and effectiveness in operations, leading to increased profits on those visits.

So, what does the urgent care owner/operator do? They could stay stagnant with their skills of marketing and allow the organization to stall. Or, they could adapt a new set of skills that complement strengths they already have. For instance, working on innovation that allows the urgent care to run more efficiently and at a lower cost, thus increasing profits. In this way, the leader is able to continue to be indispensable no matter the phase of the business or the current situation.

Complementary Success

According to a Harvard Business Review article titled Making Yourself Indispensable, it’s more effective to complement the skills you already have rather than starting from scratch with new ones.

“Make yourself indispensable and you’ll be moved up. Act as if you’re indispensable and you’ll be moved out.” Jules Ormont

First, owner/operators should work to identify the strengths that they currently possess. Perhaps this means problem-solving or honesty and integrity. Or, it could be initiative or technical/ professional expertise. Regardless of what skills you currently possess, the next step is to develop complementary traits.

By working with current strengths, a leader can more quickly develop these complementary skills. For example, someone strong in technical expertise could work to foster problem-solving skills, effectively communicate that expertise, and display honesty and integrity in daily practice. Meanwhile, a strong problem-solver can work on taking initiative to address problems, develop long-term strategic perspective, and work on becoming more technically competent. In this way, leaders can quickly “scale up” their toolbox of skills, using existing strengths as a foundation.

In any organization, it is important to stay relevant. No one wants to lose their job because someone else can do it better. In an urgent care managerial setting where turnover can happen quickly, it is even more crucial to become indispensable. The most effective way of accomplishing this is through the development of skills that complement your strengths. Not only is this method quick, it is highly efficient. Table 1 provides some examples.

How to make yourself indispensable

Source: Daskal L. 12 simple steps for making yourself indispensable. Inc. Available at: Accessed April 4, 2019.

By fostering a set of skills stemming from your main strengths, you’ll soon have multiple profound strengths that boost your leadership effectiveness score into the top decile or higher. In this way, leaders can both make themselves indispensable and make the organization the best it can be.

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    12 Simple Steps for Making Yourself Indispensable

    Becoming indispensable is not about power or position. It’s about taking charge of who you are, what you do, and how you show up.

    How to make yourself indispensable

    Feeling indispensable to your organization is a great combination of exhilaration and security. But in today’s workplace, where more and more of us feel disposable, what does it take to make yourself indispensable?

    It starts with making a great name for yourself–communicating to those around you that you have the attributes of a successful person.

    But more important, it requires that you visibly commit yourself to making a difference to your company, your team, your business–even your family and friends. It always turns out to be bigger than just you. But it always begins with you.

    Here are some ways to position yourself as an indispensable member of any team:

    1. Help others without expecting much in return. Learn to take pleasure in watching others succeed.

    2. Dedicate yourself to high standards. Bring your best to everything you do, and constantly raise the bar for yourself.

    3. Do what you say you will do. Don’t make commitments you cannot keep. Do what you say you will do and sometimes do more.

    4. Be of value to others. Be the one people reach out to — the one from whom people seek mentorship and coaching, information, and solutions.

    5. Be open and adaptable. Learn to embrace change and help others see the benefits of moving with the tides.

    6. Be honest. Whether it’s a mistake, a missed deadline, or a bad judgment call, communicate openly and work hard to find good solutions to any problems you may have caused. Never engage in blame-placing.

    7. Work hard and go the extra mile. People who are indispensable usually expand their role by going beyond their scope. Whatever their job is, they make a point of helping others and reaching out.

    8. Learn more by being more. Do everything you can to make more of yourself. Volunteer for tasks outside your usual role; be eager to step up and take on more than your share. Do it with openness and effectiveness and a willing heart and mind, and it will make you invaluable.

    9. Learn from every failure and every mistake. However bad the experience, learn to look at it and grow from it.

    10. Focus on inclusion and collaboration. Learn to become the person who thrives on working with others.

    11. Acknowledge and appreciate those around you. There’s no surer way to gain respect then to acknowledge and appreciate those around you.

    12. Stay positive. It’s easy to become so focused on the finish line that you fail to enjoy the journey. Be positive and a joy to be around as you’re building your success.

    Remember, the people who go around saying they’re indispensable never really are. Being indispensable doesn’t come from ego but from what others think of you as you help them succeed.

    There’s a common piece of career advice that will stall your career if you’re not careful. It often comes from a well-meaning person—a friend, family member, or close mentor who wants the best for your career:

    In order to secure your job and position yourself for bigger, better roles, you need to “make yourself indispensable.”

    In reality, making yourself indispensable is the best way to keep yourself where you are in your job, rather than advancing.

    When you’re so amazing in that one role that most people can’t imagine you doing anything else, they won’t want you to do anything else. Your manager relies on you so much that they won’t part with you, and you’re at risk of being pigeonholed.

    I remember being in a management discussion about how we could backfill a role that was about to be open. Another manager suggested we promote Steven, but his boss jumped in and said, “Don’t touch Steven—I need him right where he is!”

    None of us dared suggest Steven for other roles after that. Steven was about to be stuck in his role for a while without knowing it. One day he would look back and wonder how he went from being a star to being passed over for better roles.

    This effect is often made worse by another piece of well-meaning advice: “You’re doing a great job, just keep doing what you’re doing”. This is what managers often say when they are too nice (or too lazy) to come up with feedback that will help you develop.

    While that feels reassuring and can even make sense in the next quarter or two, it does nothing to prepare you for the next level. How can you grow if you don’t know how to change? If your boss is telling you that every year—to stay where you are, just keep doing what you’re doing—then it’s time to get some proper feedback to help you move forward (or a new boss!).

    Could that be happening to you right now?

    How to avoid the “indispensable” trap

    So, how do you perform highly without getting caught in the workplace equivalent of Groundhog Day? And how do you free yourself if you’re already in the trap?

    The key is to be indispensable for what you can become, and not for what you currently do. Here are four ways to do that.

    1. Help others see you in a different light. Show people that there’s more than one dimension to your capabilities. So if they mostly see you doing “behind-the-scenes” research, invite them to a meeting where you’re “on stage” presenting. Take on new challenges. Let others know you have the interest and potential to do more. How could you demonstrate you can learn and grow beyond your current role?
    2. See yourself in a different light. The longer you stay in the comfort zone of the role where you’re indispensable, the harder it will be to envision yourself doing something else. And that will color your behavior. Instead, challenge yourself to see yourself in a different light. Look for opportunities where you can learn, stretch, and develop new capabilities. What does You 2.0 look, feel, and sound like?
    3. Prepare for the next level. The best way to do this is to continually invest in yourself and your development. Make time to learn new things. Identify the experiences and skills you want to have. Talk to others about what it takes and the things they wished they’d done to prepare themselves. Then go explore how you can do those things. What would prepare you for the next level in your career.
    4. Make yourself moveable. Building a bench of talent beneath you is the best way to ensure that senior managers feel comfortable moving you to the next level position you aspire to. Remember, you don’t want to end up like indispensable Steven. Who could step into your role when you move up? If you can create your own backfill, managers won’t feel as anxious promoting you.

    Don’t risk stalling your career by being so indispensable in your current role that you can’t move onward and upward when you want to. Be known for being indispensable for your potential, not your performance.

    Indispensable employees are valuable. Being indispensable is more about attitude than skill set, and the key to indispensable people’s success is that they know how to work smarter, not harder. They understand where to focus their energy to get the greatest return on their efforts. They take time out to plan and they offer a solution for every problem and they get the difference between being proactive and being reactive. Not everyone is indispensable – but you can learn how to be.

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    You’ve probably heard the advice that you should “make yourself indispensable” in order to avoid layoffs, get the biggest raises, and earn praise and promotion opportunities from your managers. It’s great advice, but how do you go about it? It’s easier said than done, but it’s not impossible. Here’s how.

    Let’s be clear, there’s no way to make 100% sure that you won’t be let go in the next round of layoffs. However, there are some simple ways to make yourself so valuable to your department or company that you’ll be as far down the list as possible, and none of those methods include sucking up to the boss.

    Work on Key Projects with High Visibility

    We’ve mentioned that working on high-profile, high-visibility projects is a great way to get the raise that you deserve , but it’s also a great way to make sure you’re highly valued. As long as your contributions on those projects are useful and you do good work, you’ll quickly be essential to the success of the project. By extension, the more important that project is, the more essential you are.

    Stay Positive and Focus on High-Visibility Work to Get That Raise You’ve Been Wanting

    It’s an unfortunate fact of life at most companies that the people who labor in silence, far from…

    Ask your boss if there are any big projects you can work on. It may come off like you’re sucking up, but the key is to keep the conversation focused on your desire to work on something with impact and something that your skills would be a good match for. The key is to maintain “continuous visible productivity,” as former recruiter Dominic Connor explains to The Register . The people who survive a round of layoffs are the ones that managers can’t see themselves progressing on important projects without.

    Make Sure Your Priorities are Your Boss’s (or Your Department’s) Priorities

    If you don’t really get to pick the projects you work on or what your workload looks like, what you can do is make sure to prioritize your work so the things that get done in the fastest, most efficient manner are the ones that make the biggest difference to your team and to your manager. It’s a great way to keep a micro-managing boss off your back , but it’s also a great way to make sure you’re always seen as jumping right on the important things, getting those things done, and smart about how you prioritize your work. All three of those things are good qualities to have, and even better to bring up in your next performance review.

    Keep an Eye on Your Boss’s Priorities and Stick to Them to Manage Your Micromanager

    Working for a micromanaging boss can feel like being in an unhealthy relationship, but you don’t…

    If you’re not sure what your department’s priorities are, ask! You boss or manager should be able to tell you which projects are the ones that are most important to them or to your team’s success. Worst case, pay attention at your next department or company meeting. If you look between the buzzwords, you should be able to tell which projects or initiatives are the ones that are most important. Then look for ways to work on those priorities first.

    Get Training to Boost Your Skills, and Pick the Right Skills to Boost

    Beyond being smart about the things you choose to work on (and the things you choose to work on first, if you don’t have control over your workload), the best way to make yourself indispensable at the office is to learn skills that are in high demand. Find your niche, or a subject area that you can become the team expert in. If you’re working on a team full of sysadmins and no one’s especially great with Active Directory, a few training classes can quickly put you in a position to be the company’s domain administrator. If your company has no social media presence, reading up on how other companies handle social media for promotion and customer service can give you an inside track to a whole new job title.

    See if your company will pay for training classes. If they have to do with your job, many companies are willing to pay for them. Plus, once you’ve gotten the training, you can immediately put the skills to work when you get back from your class. Plus, just by showing the initiative and desire to grow and develop your skills, you show your boss that you’re a great asset. As long as you choose skills that are in demand (either because no one else has them, or because the only person on your team with those skills is overworked and ready to quit), you make yourself valuable enough to escape layoffs and boost your resume in the process.

    The key to success is making yourself as useful as possible to others. You should make yourself so useful that you are indispensable to them. But how do you do that? How do you make yourself indispensable?

    First of all we need to define what is meant by useful, since only by being useful can we become indispensable. Being useful means meeting people’s needs and desires. It is solving people’s problems. Consequently, there is actually just one rule to make yourself indispensable:

    Find what people need and meet those needs.

    How to make yourself indispensableThe more you can do it, the more you will become indispensable. The next question is: how do you find what people need? Of course, there are a lot of needs people can possibly have. Fortunately, people’s needs and desires can be grouped into eight categories based on Abraham Maslow’s work. Here they are (quoted from Made to Stick):

    • Physical: hunger, thirst, bodily comfort
    • Security: protection, safety, stability
    • Belonging: love, family, friends, affection
    • Esteem: achieve, be competent, gain approval, independence, status
    • Learning: know, understand, mentally connect
    • Aesthetic: symmetry, order, beauty, balance
    • Self-actualization: realize our own potential, self-fulfillment, peak experiences
    • Transcendence: help others realize their potential

    These categories allow you to see the full spectrum of human needs. In order to make yourself indispensable, all you need to do is focusing on meeting the needs in these categories. Of course, you should emphasize different categories in different circumstances. In some circumstances, you may be most helpful in Belonging, while in some other circumstances you may be most helpful in Learning. You should always be aware of where you can be most helpful.

    In this post, I’d like to share 30 practical tips on how to do that for all of the categories except Security and Physical. These two categories comprise very basic needs which are usually well met in the modern world.


    1. Listen to your friends without interrupting nor being hurry.
    2. Send them your warm greetings via e-cards.
    3. Tell them how you miss them.
    4. Send them special messages at their birthday
    5. Comfort them in times of trouble.
    6. Introduce them to your other friends to expand their networks.
    7. Buy them gifts when you are traveling. Even small gifts matter.


    1. Ask them how they are doing.
    2. Praise them for the good jobs they have done.
    3. Talk with them about their achievements.
    4. Talk about how good they are in front of your other friends.
    5. Be the first person to tell them about good news involving them.


    1. Send them your favorite quotes.
    2. Take the time to do small research to answer their questions.
    3. Lend them your favorite books.
    4. Spark their curiosity by asking them smart questions.
    5. Tell them your favorite web sites to learn from.
    6. Send them the articles you find that might help them.
    7. Passionately share your learning experiences; it’s contagious.


    1. Lend them your favorite CDs or DVDs.
    2. Tell them where they can learn to play music.
    3. Tell them where they can learn to draw (Drawspace is a good start by the way).
    4. Share your favorite wallpapers and pictures.
    5. Let them know of interesting cultural events you hear about.


    1. Encourage them to find their life purpose.
    2. Encourage them to follow their heart more than the expectations of others.
    3. Share with them inspirational stories about men and women who are willing to pay the price to do what matters to them (e.g. Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa).

    Note: You might find the materials in 37 Lessons to Help You a Live that Matters useful here.


    1. Tell them about how joyful it is to help others by sharing your experiences.
    2. Let them know about your favorite charities and why you like them.
    3. When you are involved in a social activity to help others, ask them to join you.

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    While most students were slaving away for free, he was getting paid for his internships, and paid well.

    He had job offers flying at him left and right, and he never took an internship that didn’t pay. If he had decided to drop out of school, he would have had no problem walking straight into a high paying job.

    In talking with my friend, I asked him how he got to this position, how he had so many offers and paid internships?

    He had a simple philosophy:

    “I get inside the company and set myself up so they have no choice but to hire me.”

    He made himself indispensable.

    Becoming a linchpin

    Traditionally people have gone to work and waited for people to tell them what to do. Seth proposes that in order to become a linchpin (an indispensable individual) you must dive into your work, take initiative, and make yourself indispensable to the people who are hiring you.

    This applies to your full-time employer, or to the company that hires you on a contract basis.

    If you just show up and do what is asked, then you are another replaceable cog in their machine.

    If you show up, go above and beyond, and deliver more value than they expect, then you become indispensable.

    Indispensable in action

    For one company, he showed up and helped them re-organize their servers and project management system. No one asked him to do this, but he saw room for improvement and wrote up a solution that would make things better.

    Organizing the server did two things for him:

    First, the company loved him because projects became more organized and easier to manage.

    Second, he now had unique knowledge to manage an aspect of their company. They could not hire someone else with that knowledge.

    He made himself indispensable and his compensation grew as a result of it.

    How to make yourself indispensable

    You can only do it by creating value for the company hiring you.

    You must learn new skills that aid in the tasks you are doing.
    You must look for things that are broken, and fix them without being asked.
    You must take initiative and find ways that you can create value for your employer.

    You must do all of this without expectations.

    Don’t go above and beyond on your job and then immediately ask for a nice bonus. Instead, consistently deliver beyond expectation. Your employer will take notice over time.

    A good employer will see the value that you bring to the table and compensate you accordingly.

    A poor employer will shrug off your efforts and give no reward.

    Part of becoming indispensable is choosing the right employers to become indispensable for. If your gifts, your value, and your efforts are not rewarded, then eventually you must take your talents elsewhere.

    The great thing about the linchpin mentality is that it prepares you for growth. It prepares you to grow in your current position, or in your next career opportunity.

    Even if your opportunities are not rewarded at your current position, your skills are changing. Your knowledge and your mindset are growing. These will aid you when you seek out the next position and make yourself indispensable there.

    The bottom line

    Instead, dive in and take initiative. Start projects on your own and seek out ways to create value.

    If you create enough value, you will eventually become indispensable.

    How to make yourself indispensable

    I have had quite the number of panicked phone calls from candidates over the past month who have expressed their concern that they may be retrenched due to the economic climate. They will normally ask for advice on what they should do, and my answer is always: make yourself indispensable. Making yourself indispensable is like planting a tree, the best time to do it is 10 years ago (or whenever you started working at the company) but the next best time is today!

    As a recruiter I have a behind the scenes understanding of companies’ HR functions and I will tell you a little secret. Companies normally retrench the worst performers first. Of course, not all retrenchments can be avoided but if you are indispensable to the company, they will normally do everything that they can to help you.

    The burning question from all my candidates is always “how do I know if I am indispensable?” and I answer their question with more questions:

    • Are you punctual?
    • Do you take off work often?
    • Do you volunteer to help your manager regularly?
    • How long have you been at your company and why haven’t you been promoted? (not always a valid question but it’s a good indicator that the company values you if you have been promoted)
    • Do you add value to the company? (do more than just what the manager asks or tells you to do)
    • Have you achieved anything for the company that isn’t part of your job description?
    • Do you get along with everyone in the office?

    Sometimes there are circumstances that are out of your control but it’s always best to avoid drama, late coming and thinking that you are just limited to the job duties written in your contract.

    Every candidate thinks that they are hardworking, go the extra mile and are loyal and for these reasons I have listed measurements that I find most candidates don’t think about.

    Even though you may feel that it is too late to start now I can promise you that it is never too late. Your boss is just a human being and I doubt that they are currently stress-free. Have you spoken to your boss and genuinely asked if they are okay? Probably not. The support and assistance that you give them now will create a good impression, even if it just means that you get a raving reference from that manager if you end up leaving the company.

    Companies large and small, spanning nearly all industries, are consistently looking for viable strategies to boost profitability. In recent years, a focus on improving productivity within workforces has taken place to meet this end. Both employers and employees recognize the importance of adding valuable contributions to the company, but individuals may not always know the best route to accomplish this task. Making yourself indispensable to any organization you work for lays the groundwork for a promising career trajectory, as well as other tangible and intangible benefits of which many employees are unaware. Here’s how to solidify your place in your organization by making yourself irreplaceable.

    How to Increase Your Value as an Employee

    According to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), organizations seek out individuals to join their team who possess specific traits, internal motivation, and an ability to add value to the company overall. These attributes often revolve around high productivity, a willingness to put in extra time, having a passion for the work, offering creative insights, and displaying leadership capabilities.

    Be More Productive

    It should come as no surprise that organizations want a productive workforce. To be able to achieve corporate goals consistently over time, productivity among employees needs to be as high as possible. As an employee, being productive requires focus and attention on the job at hand, as well as a willingness to contribute to the company’s missions. Here are a few ways to increase your productivity each day.

    • Get (and Stay) Organized – being more productive starts with organization. Whether that means tidying up paperwork or computer files, an organized workspace often leads to a more focused workday. Not only do you know what needs to be done and where to find the resources you need to accomplish your tasks, organized spaces are known to improve your mood.
    • Minimize Distractions – distractions are everywhere, including that smartphone you check every few minutes. Be sure to minimize the distractions that can take you away from the task at hand. Close unnecessary browser windows, leave the phone in your desk drawer, and shut down or pause e-mail when working through a priority assignment.
    • Focus on Valuable Tasks – prioritizing your work can also make you more productive. Put your attention on high-value tasks first so there is little potential to miss important deadlines.
    • Separate Work and Personal Life – many employees bring their personal life into the job each day but working to separate the two helps with productivity over time.

    Be Willing to Put in Extra Time

    In addition to being more productive, companies want employees that are willing and able to put in the extra time when it’s needed. In some cases, there are time-sensitive projects or assignments that need to be done in a hurry, but it means staying later or coming in earlier than the norm. If you want to add value as an employee, be willing to accept a little extra work during off hours every now and again.

    Love What You Do

    Having a passion for the work you do each day is crucial to being a motivated, productive part of the team. No, it is not possible to love every minute of every day, but focus on what you appreciate about your job and let that guide your mood and energy during the week. If you don’t like what you do, it’s likely to be noticed by others, and that can lower your value to the organization.

    Be Creative when Coming Up With Solutions

    Creativity is often a lost art in the corporate world. Employees are more focused on completing the work assigned to them efficiently and on-time. While these aspects of work are important, you can add incredible value when creative minds contribute to the organization. If you’re tasked with solving a business problem, think outside the box when coming up with potential answers. Organizations want employees who are able to offer unique insight into business challenges.

    Establish Yourself as a Leader

    Above and beyond creativity, productivity, and passion, many organizations cite a need for leadership in their ranks of employees. Leadership traits come in many different forms, but tackling this value-add strategy can be as simple as offering to take the reigns for a group project or unsolved business problem. Taking the initiative without being assigned a specific task is often looked upon as a positive characteristic, and employers take note for when they have a leadership role to fill in the future.

    Why You Should Care

    Offering more value to your employer through the strategies above is not solely for the purpose of improving the organization’s bottom line. It has a direct impact on your life in both the short- and long-term. Here are several reasons why it matters to your bottom line:

    Earning a Paycheck: Showing your value as an employee gives you more of an opportunity to earn a steady paycheck. The talent pool is large and highly competitive, but if you are consistent at delivering value, your employer is likely to keep you on the payroll.

    Benefits: Many employers offer benefits that ease your cost burden each month. From healthcare subsidies and 401(k) matching to a newer benefit of student loan repayment assistance, employer benefits can add up to a significant amount of compensation over time. There are also other benefits offered by some companies that add to your quality of life. Adding value as an employer ensures you receive these perks.

    Career Trajectory: The most valuable employees are often the ones given opportunities to move forward in their positions. Being productive, offering creative input, and showing passion for what you do all lend to promotion possibilities. Moving up the job ladder early and often helps substantially increase your total earnings over time.

    By Andrew Rombach, a Content Associate from LendEDU – a consumer education and financial product marketplace. He’s learned quite a bit about workplace productivity and how to create value after working in a small business setting for the past couple years.