You hear it on the news almost every day. More companies are laying off workers. This got me to thinking a bit… so how can you keep the job you have (or can you).
1. Be Flexible. Do your job and do it to the best of your ability. Be willing if necessary to take pay / hours cut if it means you’ll be able to keep your job.
2. Learn how to do others jobs. When you can do everyone else’s job this makes you valuable especially during the holiday time when others are taking off. My wife has an uncle who works at a steel mill. He knows how to do everyone’s job at the plant and knows how to operate a piece of equipment that no one else in the company knows how to operate. This piece of equipment is rarely used but when it is the company makes quite a bit of money from the project. Do you think he would be first on the list of a company layoff? Of course who wouldn’t be. Even though he has a ton of seniority in the company, he also is keeping an ace up his sleeve.
3. Learn valuable skills. The more skills you know, the more you can do, the more valuable you are to the company.
4. Volunteer – don’t complain. Don’t complain. Everyone hates a whiner. Volunteer to do jobs or activities to do things that others won’t do.
5. Bring more business. Even if you aren’t in your companies sales department, that doesn’t mean you can’t sell others on your companies products are services. You should be an evangelist for your brand. You work there so you should know all of the great points about your company. If you get a lead make sure to give it to one of your experienced sales people so they can close the deal for you. You don’t have to shout what you did from the roof tops but if you do this enough then word will get around that you are bringing business.
There are some situations when it doesn’t matter what you do, you will lose your job. If the company goes out of business or downsizes or closes the area you live in, it may be very difficult to keep the job you have.
Next time we’ll talk about some things you can do in your current job to keep your options open… in other words prepare yourself just in case you lose your job.