The current economic climate has been volatile, and many workers have lost (or will lose) their jobs.
The problem is, you could be next!
Obviously, every job situation is different—an assortment of your industry, your organization, your performance and the circumstances of your job.However, in the right set of conditions, a layoff could be in the cards.
Instead of hoping potential threats to your job and career fade away, take action!
Ways to recognize the warning signs that your job may at risk:
- Keep your ears tuned into the grapevine at work.
- Keep an eye on sales and profitability of the company.
- Observe trends and other business opportunities in your industry.
- Keep a close watch on the government for actions affecting your business.
- Listen suspiciously to employers who do not talk openly about a company’s difficulties.
Now is the time to take steps to protect your job. Even in a terrible economy, you can stay employed. Start sooner than later.
Work and accomplishments should speak for themselves. Examine the people in your organization. If you had a startup in the same industry as your company, who are the people you would take from your current job. If your imaginary startup does not need someone to do the job are doing, you need to act now.
This is often the case in human resources, a job rooted in an administration often removed from the company’s customers. If your job generates speed bumps instead of enabling others, that is a big red flag!
Employees need to provide value. If you lack commitment, or have a job filled with procrastination, you will have a problem justifying your existence to keep your job. Perhaps it is setbacks with coworkers.
Evaluate yourself honestly and make an effort to correct the issues. Do not worry; there may still be enough time. Make sure your supervisors and coworkers notice an improvement.
If you wait until the layoffs come, it will be too little, too late.
After evaluating your contribution, prospects, and viability of your employer, you are prepared to make a decision.
There are ten ways to help you stay employed (or prepare for a somewhat predictable, but often surprising, job change).
Ten steps to help you keep your job:
- Become a go-to, essential employee with valuable organizational information.
- Make significant contributions that are visible to the right people.
- Make money for the company: either through revenue generation, sales or savings to increase profits.
- Ask for additional work and challenging assignments.
- Make sure your boss likes you; be straight while investing time, compliments and attention.
- Keep a low profile, with no complaining, whining or dominating. Be as low-maintenance as possible.
- Work long hours and make sure your efforts are noticed by the right people.
- Personal development is beneficial. Always be growing and developing your personal and professional skills.
- Build a team with coworkers: collaborate for everyone to achieve goals and success.
- Move your talent and skills to a recession-proof business or job.