Don't Strive to Be Irreplaceable at Work

by McKenzie Chapman   Ulticareer  | Goals  | Advice  | Opportunity  | New perspective  | Life lesson  | Career decision  | Job satisfaction  | Management  | Work tips  | Career advancement  | 

Sometimes you do your job so well, you become irreplaceable. At first, you may think this is great. You can’t be fired! No one can do your job as well as you.

However, this also means you’re not likely to be promoted. If you’re so valued at your current position that no one else would be fit for the job, then you’re not likely to be moved to another position, even if you would like to.

Instead of aiming to do your specific job so well that you become irreplaceable, strive to do well across positions, and make it clear that you’ll eventually aim for something higher. If you can demonstrate that you’re not a one-trick pony and can be capable in many different situations, your value for your current position will be recognized, but it won’t pigeonhole you into that one role.

Show that you’re focused on growth, not just for yourself, but for the company and the position you’re in. If you challenge the status quo and emphasize that everything can be improved, you can demonstrate that you’re not just good at one thing, but can develop the business in many ways. Prove that change is good!

Also, don’t isolate yourself! Work in a team and collaborate with others. Delegating is an important skill to practice, and it can help protect you from becoming irreplaceable. You’ll be building your teamwork skills, fostering a healthier workplace environment, and you’ll be able to demonstrate your competency in a leadership position. If you can show that the transition to fill your position won’t be too difficult because of your proficiency in teaching others, you’ll be more likely to be considered for promotion.

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