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8 Ways to Increase Your Value As an Employee

03/13/2015 10:51 pm ET | Updated May 14, 2015

This is part of the "Increased Productivity" series where experts in productivity, brain training, and business success share the techniques and tools they couldn't live without. An interview with Efe Cakinberk, CEO of SmartDNSProxy , made parts of this article possible.

One of the best ways to make your way up on the business ladder is to increase your value as an employee within your company. In order to do just that, let's look at the traits of a valuable employee and ways that you can take to show your employee worth.

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  1. Challenge Yourself to Be Better
  2. Whether or not your ultimate goal is to get a promotion or not, the first thing on your mind should be aiming to improve yourself. This way, you know that you'll be pushing yourself a little further every day, and even if you don't get that raise, you've at least created a harder-working, more admirable version of yourself.

  3. Love Your Job

  4. Anthony Lopez, owner of Best Price Traffic School, says: "If you don't love your job, it's going to show. And, when employers are looking for employees that they can turn to for ideas, suggestions, and other positions within the company, they look for an employee who's both hardworking and passionate. If you don't have passion for what you're doing, it may be time to find something else".

  5. Be Willing to Work Hard

  6. The value of working hard is something you've surely heard time and time again, but that's because it's true hard work pays off, and if you're willing to put in the time and the effort, you're bound to get the payoff you're looking for. Working hard means putting in the extra hours, perfecting a project that you know matters to the company the most, and always being willing to go above and beyond. Even if it means trying to become productive around managers or bosses who seem to hinder you.

  7. Make Some Sacrifices

  8. Twyla Tharp, a successful ballet dancer and choreographer, has been quoted as saying that the key to success is to be aware of what distracts you and give it up for awhile. Tharp's words are insightful and sharp if there's something that's distracting you from doing your job as you should be (or could be), it might be time to put the distraction on the backburner for a while. Working hard and increasing your value as an employee requires being able to give up certain things, and distractions should definitely be at the top of that list.

  9. Give Up Feelings of Entitlement

  10. If you've worked for a company for a few years or more, you may feel as though you're owed something, like a promotion or a raise. While it can be challenging, one of the most important ways to increase your value as an employee is to release your hold on any feelings of entitlement, and instead assume that anything you get is because you will have worked hard for it.

  11. Think Outside of the Box

  12. If there's a challenge that needs an answer, going for the generic solution won't get you noticed, and it may not be the best resolution. Instead, always consider what the company/user/problem requires, and try to deliver a solution that is tailored to that requirement. Mr. Cakinberk, said, "The general public has expressed to us their worrying concerns...we understand these concerns and have specifically designed the Smart DNS Proxy server network around those concerns, illustrating the importance of unique and customer-specific solutions.

  13. Bring the Right Kind of Attention

  14. Bringing workplace drama about your personal life is never a good idea; instead of having the attention on your for the wrong reasons, get noticed in the workplace because you're the employee who goes the extra mile, puts in the extra time on the project, or is always offering sound and innovative ideas.

  15. Be a Visionary
  16. Part of being a member of a team means having a vision of your own, and being willing to share that vision with the group. If you don't have a vision for yourself, a vision for a project, or a vision for the company you work for, your ideas won't be found as innovative and insightful, but rather commonplace and dull.

Remember, if you feel being undervalued in your current company, instead of thinking of ways to get out of the company, try various ways to increase your value within the organization by providing more impact than you used to.

While it's easier to take the route of simply leaving, the sense of fulfillment may only be fleeting in your next job and the very same feeling will start to creep in over and over again because you've only tried to escape the problem which lies within you. Instead, focus on how you can work better and smarter and be able to bring in more results for your current company.