In a high-stakes economy, all employees must know where they stand and what they must work on—or else risk becoming irrelevant. But the rules of the workplace have changed, and performance reviews only tell part of the story. How do you gauge your true worth? If you think you’re doing the right things, how can you be sure? In The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace, Cy Wakeman provides the tools to understand how valuable you are to your organization and the guidance to improve that value, ensure you’re critical to your team, and become invincible in your career. In Part I, Wakeman explains the data she has collected from 50,000+ people reveal about value, which is defined as the combination of three factors: current performance (the measurable worth of your contributions), future potential (your capacity for growth and adaptation), and emotional expense (the toll your attitude takes on the people around you). After explaining how to quantify these factors, Wakeman shows how to calculate your value with an easy formula: Your Value = Current Performance + Future Potential ‒ 3 x Emotional Expense As Wakeman argues, the most important factor is "emotional expense." Part II outlines the Reality-Based Rules—key competencies that help anyone become emotionally inexpensive and thus an invincible asset: Personal Accountability Reality-Based Thinking Organizational Alignment Driving for Results Capitalizing on Change In her first book, Reality-Based Leadership, Wakeman showed leaders how to change the way they act to improve their team’s perceptions and performance. Those leaders have repeatedly called for a how-to book aimed at their employees. The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace is that book. Providing clarity around defining your value, and revealing practical steps for increasing it, it is an indispensable guide to becoming indispensable.