Are you planning on negotiating a pay-rise? Do you want to provide a stronger argument why you deserve that promotion, merit the bonus or receive extra perks?  The way forward is simple: show your employer what a valuable employee you are.

To every business, valuable employees are worth their weight in gold. They provide their employers with numerous sought-after benefits such as improving productivity, employee engagement and yielding good return-on-investments (ROI). As a result, team morale soars.



‘Finding a good fit’ could be the theme song for recruitment consultants and hiring managers, suggests a Glassdoor survey that looked at the qualities employers look for when hiring new employees. This is definitely a mantra every hiring manager has in mind when interviewing applicants. Of key decision makers responsible for hiring decisions, an overwhelming 88% agreed that quality of candidate is of critical importance.

We’re always looking for candidates to align with our company visions and values, and embody our core competencies, demonstrating where they can make the biggest impact,” says Natalie Riddick, Head of HR at Explore Learning.

How can I be a valuable employee?

By asking yourself one important question when performing a task or responsibility – How can I add value to this? – you train yourself to find innovative ways to improve quality, save time and save costs.

Here are our tips:


  • Be a problem solver

Are you part of the solution? You should be. Finding creative and innovative ways to solve existing problems or preventing future ones is strategic to a business gaining a competitive edge. Be a problem solver and you will solidify your position within the company. Can you improve the efficiency of production processes, cut costs or find new channels to boost sales?

According to top employers like Microsoft, the BBC, Prospects, NACE and AGR and other popular organisations, on the list of top desirable skills employers look for on a CV is problem solving.


  • Keep up to date with industry changes

Whether it is manufacturing, finance, design or IT, the nature of business is continually evolving with new technologies and machinery introduced to ensure processes is streamlined. Employees add value by staying abreast of industry trends, such as new technologies and regulatory changes.


  • Add to your skillset

Having an ever expanding skillset is a great asset to a business. An example of this is learning how to use upcoming programmes through training or self-learning.

Another example is learning how other team members function in the business you are part of. Say you’ve been hired as an administrative assistant, sales may not be part of your day-to-day responsibilities but a large part of the company you work for. Learning and understanding how your team mates’ roles work within the business can allow you to pick up new skills.

You might even get the opportunity to undergo specific training courses, which is a useful bonus many companies offer. This adds much sought-after skills to your CV.


  • Help out before you’re asked

 Offer to help out with tasks even if you’ve not been asked to do so demonstrates initiative says Tom Boyesen-Corballis, Senior Human Resources Manager at LOLA Staffing.

A good hire is an investment that offers a positive impact to a business’ bottom line in various ways: workplace productivity, employee engagement and retention. Making a positive contribution to the company makes a compelling case for your career advancement too. This is something to keep in mind whether you’re just starting out on the first rung of the career ladder or are currently employed and invested in your career progression.

Zulfah Abrahams writes for Inspiring Interns, which specialises in finding candidates their perfect internship. To browse our graduate jobs, visit our website.

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