Nowadays, it is important to be an important and valuable employee. Many companies are laying off people and are downsizing so it is imperative that you have something to offer for the company you are working for. Here are some suggestions on how to become a valuable employee for the place you are working for. #1. Understand Your Company’s goals Many employees do not take the time to understand the goals of the place they are working at. It is important to know the short and long term plans of your company and try to fit your talents that will meet those objectives #2. Get Along With Your Boss and Other Workers It is vital that you have a good business relationship with your boss. If your boss sees how much of a hard worker you are, the more likely he or she will want you around for the long term. Its also important to be a team player and have good relations with most of your co-workers. #3.Communicate Your Value To Others Figure out what you have to offer your company and communicate this to the important people at your company. Take the initiative to be a problem solver and someone that your managers can depend on. Take some classes at your local college to learn new skills so you can apply them to your company. #4. Be Sincere And Honest Become known as an honest person who always keeps his cool. Nobody wants an employee that occasionally “flips out” whenever there is a problem within your department. Be known as someone who remains cool and determine to find the solution to the problem at hand. #5. Be Flexible Let management know that you are always willing to try to learn new things. Be willing to go the extra mile. If your behind on a deadline, be willing to stay late to make sure the project gets finished. Become known as the person people can depend on when things need finished. #6. Participate In Your Work’s Social Gatherings Many companies offer various social gatherings to enhance teamwork. Make sure you go to these events so people can get to know you outside of the office. Talk to members of management and try to find common interests besides work. It is important that the people you work for know you both professionally and socially. #7. Always Dress For Success Some employees are hard workers but they don’t take care of their personal Hygiene. Always make sure your hair is comb, your clean and shaven, and wear professional clothing. Its amazing how many workers neglect their appearance. The Rule of Thumb is to dress as if you were going on a job interview. Following these suggestions can help reduce your chances of losing your job when your company decides to lay off people. Become known as someone who is too important to get rid of. Management won’t spend the extra money to retrain someone from scratch if they know they can depend on its most valuable employees . Images: “Two business colleagues shaking hands during meeting/ Shutterstock.com“ __________________________________________________________________________________ Connect with Tweak Your Biz: Would you like to write for Tweak Your Biz? Tweak Your Biz is an international, business advice community and online publication. Today it is read by over 140,000 business people each month (unique visitors, Google Analytics, December, 2013). See our review of 2013 for more information. An outstanding title can increase tweets, Facebook Likes, and visitor traffic by 50% or more. Generate great titles for your articles and blog posts with the Tweak Your Biz Title Generator.