What To Do If You Don’t Feel Useful

What To Do If You Don’t Feel Useful

As an IT professional, you want to feel useful at your job – and it can be demoralizing to feel as though your daily efforts aren’t making a difference. This is especially true when you see how other members of the team seem to make themselves indispensable.  If you feel like you aren’t being useful or that you aren’t being utilized to your full potential, here are strategies you can use to become an indispensable employee.

Solve Problems

When you see someone struggling with a problem, or when the team is facing a problem, gather your confidence and share your knowledge and ideas to help solve that problem. Don’t wait for someone to ask you for help or to contribute, just jump right in and work together with your team to develop a solution.

Be Reliable

When you commit to helping someone or solving a problem, follow through with what you say you will do. This will help you quickly develop a reputation as someone who can be trusted and you will begin to find that people come to you for help.

Go The Extra Mile

Even when tasks are mundane or feel small, go the extra mile. Whether it’s triple-checking for errors, delivering your work a day or two early, or solving a problem, take the extra time to put your stamp on your work.

Listen To Others

Stepping up and contributing doesn’t mean steamrolling your teammates. It means listening to other people’s ideas and input, sharing your own, and working together towards a solution.  Listening is often a skill that talented people forget to develop, but it is a critical skill to focus on if you want to grow, develop and become a more valuable team member.

Ask For New Tasks

Your boss is not a mind reader. You may think it’s obvious that you’re ready to tackle new projects or try new things, but that’s not necessarily true. Team leaders have a lot on their plates and most won’t know you want more responsibility unless you tell them. Take the initiative to ask for new tasks or volunteer for new projects – especially projects no one else wants to do. You’ll become known as a valuable employee who wants to strive for more, even if your boss doesn’t always give you new things to work on.

Find A New Job

Even if you’ve done all you can to make yourself useful and valuable, sometimes, the culture of the organization can be the problem. If you feel like you aren’t getting ahead and you are ready to tackle new challenges, the IT recruiters of OakTree Staffing can help. Contact us today to learn more.

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