If you ask 100 company leaders the definition of a good employee, you can expect many different responses. Despite this, one thing is certain: Qualified employees are indispensable. Companies are always looking for the best and brightest to carry it through positive growth. So, how do you become that employee?
Becoming an indispensable employee starts with exploring the unknown. What are some areas that interest you? What do you think could positively impact your professional growth? Whether that’s looking at your literal skill set or nontechnical capabilities, this strategic thinking will exemplify that you mean serious business to employers.
As you work on becoming a more well-rounded accounting or finance professional, here are a few specific areas to keep in mind:
1. Get behind your company’s mission. This sounds like a no-brainer, but a key indicator of success is being excited about your work. While many people may be enthusiastic about their specific job requirements, true passion stems from getting acquainted with the company’s mission statement and overall goals. Take some time to get acquainted with these goals so that you can reframe how you define your success and what it means to accomplish these goals.
For instance, if you are an accountant at Campbell Soup Co., maybe a goal is to close the books ahead of schedule each month. Instead of thinking about your work as a task to “cross off” your to-do list, consider how important this work is to keeping the organization running smoothly. Without your efforts, how could the company deliver on its promise to promote nutrition and a more sustainable environment?
Reframing your goals around the company’s mission gives you purpose. If you are passionate and committed to this purpose, it will be visible to those around you and will significantly impact your work and what you can accomplish.