My uncle recently switched jobs a few months ago. He is one of the lucky ones who found a new job with better benefits when the economy was starting its decline. He is a welder by trade and makes decent money. But, even with a job that is needed in some capacity through good times and bad, my uncle found his new employer laying off workers.
And, of course, my uncle does not have any seniority since he just started working at the new job. But, after laying off thirty-one welders with more seniority yesterday, my uncle still has a job this morning. Why? Because my uncle is a hard worker, does what he is told, shows up on time, and contributes to the company’s success. The people that the company let go were the employees who did not show up to work on time, did not pull their own weight, and do not take ownership in the company’s achievements.
Give 100% Effort At Work. Now that there is an official recession and companies are cutting back on EVERYTHING, it is not the time to bring negative attention to yourself because of poor performance. As the case with my uncle, trouble making employees are often the first to be let go even before junior workers with no seniority.
Their Success Is Your Success. Even if many of us do not have direct ownership in the profits our employers make, we do have a direct stake in making sure that our employers stay profitable, healthy, and in business. We should all strive to help our employers cut costs, sell its products or services, and boosts any and all profits it squeaks out. How many of us go home at the end of the day or out to the bar at night and talk bad about the company we work for?
Some other tips to help you keep your job in these troubling times are…
- Document your successes at work
- Take high profile extra assignments
- Take tasks that no one else wants
- Continue your education and professional development
- Find a mentor
- Perform to high standards and make sure your boss knows
- Have a good attitude
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