Dependability is an important quality for a worker to possess because it enhances a wide variety of job performance categories. A dependable employee not only shows up for work on time everyday but also produces consistent work and can apply company policies and business strategies evenly to each task and assignment. Dependability can lead to job security, which is all too important in tough economic times.
Becoming an Essential Component
Dependability in the workplace leads to consistency. As a consistent member of the workforce, you begin to build your own niche as an essential element of the larger team. In short, your employer can count on your level of performance because you're dependable and he doesn't have to worry about you bringing less than your best effort. This can help you garner more highly visible projects within the company and provide you with the opportunity to show your skills to other members of the company's management team.
Avoiding Company Layoffs
As a dependable element of the workforce, an employer may be less likely to single you out for a layoff in the event the company must temporarily downsize. A company looking to shrink its payroll doesn't want to diminish productivity. Management may view your dependability in the workplace as an essential component to keeping productivity at a high level. This means you stay employed while other, less dependable and product members of the workforce must file for unemployment benefits and look for new work.
Building Workplace Relationships
Building workplace relationships is an essential component to your success as an employee in any business. By showing your dependability, you make it easier to establish stronger workplace relationships because your fellow employees see you as a consistent performer. Your co-workers will work harder for you to complete tasks because they can see your steady worth ethic as an example of how a good employee should function in the workplace. This can lead to increased productivity across your entire team.
Dependability Leads to Responsibility
A dependable member of the workforce usually garners steadily increasing levels of responsibility within a department or the larger company. Basically, if you're dependable, you require less supervision, can work with increasing levels of autonomy and management may even begin to trust you to supervise other workers. This may lead to an increase in your pay scale and may begin your ascent up the business leadership structure. Continuing to show dependability and consistency at each job level only increases your value to your employer.
About the Author
Jonathan Lister has been a writer and content marketer since 2003. His latest book publication, "Bullet, a Demos City Novel" is forthcoming from J Taylor Publishing in June 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University and a Master of Fine Arts in writing and poetics from Naropa University.
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Both colleagues and managers respect and appreciate co-workers they can count on. Being late and always asking others to finish your work -- not so much. Getting a reputation for being a dependable professional can help you win friends, boost your career and get great recommendations when you move on to new professional challenges.
Show Up for Work
It sounds like a simple thing, but many people don’t do it. Think about this -- if you show up for work 10 minutes late every day and leave 10 minutes early, you’re cheating your boss out of nearly two hours of work every week. You can show you’re a true and dependable professional by always arriving for work on time, never overextending your lunch hour or break time, and staying put until your shift is over. If you run late, call your boss and give her a heads-up. If you need to leave early, ask, don’t tell your boss in advance to ensure someone can cover for you.
Do Your Job
Do your job while you're at work. Stay off your cell phone and your laptop and don't surf the web on the company dime. Being 100 percent engaged in your work while on the clock paints you as a dependable person. Perform every element of your job responsibilities to the best of your ability. Don't shirk duties or pass on work to someone else, but rather, be responsible for tasks and responsibilities that are yours. Do things right the first time and fix mistakes as soon as they happen.
When your boss asks, “Who can I count on?” you want your name to be on the tip of her tongue. Cultivate a reputation for always being willing and able to help others when the need arises. This isn't to say you have to do someone else's job or regularly take over responsibilities that aren't yours. However, part of being a dependable employee and colleague involves lending a hand on occasion, sharing your knowledge and expertise with others, and working together for the collective good of the organization.
Don’t be “that person” who always has an excuse for why deadlines aren’t met. A deadline isn’t the day to start a project -- it’s the very last day to make sure you’re fine-tuning a completed task before delivery. Make every effort to meet deadlines on time or even ahead of schedule. Always hitting your mark shows your employer you’re a reliable person who comes through without fail. Be especially mindful of meeting deadlines when completing your own stuff is vital to someone else being able to do their job effectively.
Be a Team Player
Participate in brainstorming sessions and get involved with committee work and group projects. This shows others you can be counted on to be part of collaborative efforts. This type of dependability has the potential to move you up the corporate ladder because you'll earn a reputation for being a real go-to person.
About the Author
Lisa McQuerrey has been a business writer since 1987. In 1994, she launched a full-service marketing and communications firm. McQuerrey's work has garnered awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Associated Press. She is also the author of several nonfiction trade publications, and, in 2012, had her first young-adult novel published by Glass Page Books.
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