How To Hold Onto Your Job During A Recession

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Holding onto a job, whether we like it or not, has become essential with the country in a recession. Although many feel collecting unemployment is a good alternative, the benefits of our current job usually outweighs the benefits of being on unemployment.

For example, if your employer offers medical benefits, paying for these benefits ourselves could quickly eat into our weekly unemployment checks, as could the other perks we will no longer receive.

In order to secure our position in a company during a recession, it’s essential to do more than just show up. We need to do more than is expected of us and show those in authority, our skills are more valuable than what we’re being paid.

Some hints to keep in mind:

    1) Show up early.
    2) Have a good attitude – limit complaining, negativity and/or gossip
    3) Volunteer for extra work
    4) Be willing to learn other jobs – cross train
    5) Show respect for your superiors whether you like them or not
    6) Do not abuse your computer access – limit or completely stop personal emails (these can be tracked)
    7) Avoid incoming/outgoing personal phone calls – keep them to emergencies only. (your phone may be monitored)
    8.) Follow the rules – dress codes, use of personal cell phones, etc.
    9) Stay late when needed – be willing to help complete projects
    10) Be flexible regarding your work schedule, including working on weekends or your days off
    11) Do not abuse sick time, paid time off, or vacation time.
    12) Do not steal from your company – not even paper clips
    13) If you finish a project, ask for more work instead of just “looking busy”
    14) Learn to get along with your peers. Trouble makers are often the first to go.
    15) Remember you’re at work to work. Limit your conversations with fellow employee to breaks and/or lunches
    16) If needed, take college courses at night to increase your knowledge base
    17) Don’t assume seniority will protect you. When layoffs are imminent during a recession, companies often keep those who produce the most
    18) Don’t bad mouth the company you work for. Word gets around and others who are trying to hold onto their jobs may repeat what you said to the boss
    19) If you deal directly with customers, treat them with respect. Remember, it’s them who pays your wage. Without customers, companies will be forced to downsize or close their doors, recession or not.
    20) If your peers notice a change in your attitude and accuse you of sucking up, let them know your job is important to you and you’ve chosen to change your old ways.

Keep in mind, anything you learn on a job is something no one can take away from you. Whether you use this “free education” to procure another job, or move into self employment, what you’ve learned is yours to keep. Make the most of it.

So there you have it. If your job is threatened by a possible layoff due to the recession, put yourself in a position where you and your work will be valued and hopefully you’ll hold onto your job.

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16 Responses to How To Hold Onto Your Job During A Recession

  1. This post is FILLED with priceless information for anyone who’s working – either for themselves or others!!!

    My husband’s company recently went through a round of layoffs and #17 turned out to be the rule instead of the exception.

    Turns out the layoff was an excuse to cut unproductive employees who had been brought on in the wake of several acquisitions.

    The layoff was announced and at first it appeared to be a “seniority” issue because everyone hired from X date on were officially “laid off”. However, about 6 weeks later a group of 8 employees were quietly rehired without regards to “seniority”.

    My husband’s employer brought back the “creme” of the crop.

    I’m sure the 77 who didn’t get called back might call what that select group did while they were employed “sucking up”…. but from my husband’s point of view, those employees were “productive”. He mourned when they were laid off and rejoiced when he learned who had been rehired.

    Exceptional post Barbara!!!

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  2. d.t. says:

    Terrific article! Wouldn’t it be nice if all employees followed these suggestions at their work every day and not just when they feel their jobs are threatened. Just something to think about.
    Keep up the excellent writing.

  3. Hi d.t.,

    Thank you. You’ve raised a good point. Work ethics are something not everyone practices, but like what you said, if they did on a daily basis, stress over losing a job might be diminished.

  4. Kenneth Sena says:

    this is a great article. this makes me think twice of my decision on just stay or quit my job. the only thing that threaten me now is i think i am so stressed with my job that i think i am going to be sick.

  5. Davina says:

    This is a great post Barbara. The word proactive comes to mind, not to mention these are all useful tips just to improve your morale and the morale of your coworkers. At my last place of employment, two years after they laid me and over a dozen others off, they have continued to lay off more. I consider myself very fortunate to have been in the first group of layoffs. I’m still in touch with people who are connected there and the morale in that office has been better, let me tell you.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..Group Writing Project: The Yogi Blogger =-.

    • Hi Davina,

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your story. You’re right. We do need to be proactive.

      I’m sorry to hear you were laid off from your job, but I’m guessing it might be a blessing in disguise. Look at you now. You’re not only a life coach, but also have a fabulous proofreading business, and a very fascinating, well written blog.

      I wish you great success with all of your endeavors.

  6. Friar says:

    Good tips. But you forgot to mention that you can do everything here, and then some, and they could STILL lay you off. And replace you with a 23-year old fresh out of school.

    And right after that, they’ll lay off the 23-year old.

    Meanwhile, the senior managers (responsible for the company going down the drain) will still collect their bonus. Which will be many times more than both of your entire salaries combined.

    And if the senior managers ever DO get laid off…their severance wont’ be just 2 weeks per year of service. No…it will be a multiple-six-figure golden parachute, more then you could ever hope to retire on yourself.

    Sorry if I sound cynical. Just that I’ve had this happen to me before….just like hundreds of thousands of others… That’s just life, I guess.
    .-= Friar´s last blog ..Other Wishes I’d ask a Genie to Grant Me. =-.

  7. Myhammer says:

    These points are really worth keeping in mind to protect a job during recession.
    Any one of the things can become a reason for a lay off from a company.
    We can avoid it not doing any such thing.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Amos says:

    We always need to keep in mind that you need your company and not the vice versa that your company needs you , so we need to keep this above points in mind and to make sure that your feels that they need you.
    .-= Amos´s last blog ..Vets Warm To Watkins and Keep Pets In Safe Hands =-.

  9. Lori Hoeck says:

    Good tips for all employees! When my husband had college work-study students working for him, he had to make it clear to them over and over again that these kinds of tips are not a matter of “rule-keeping” but rather a matter of respect — for self, the job, the boss, the company, and the customer.
    .-= Lori Hoeck´s last blog ..Self defense is seeing danger patterns early =-.

  10. These are all good reminders, but I’ve recently seen where even doing all of those things can totally insulate one from the economy.

    I’d add that when possible, help generate business. I have a girlfriend in the advertising business that was recently laid off after the firm didn’t lose any clients, but all of the incoming work dried up.

  11. A sound piece of advice for everyone. I think that company loyalty and customer care seem to become ‘old aged’ when the boom times roll, and unfortunately, it’s only recession that allows for those strong companies with great staff to really shine and do very well.

  12. I think for now as much as possible we should hold on into our jobs as much as possible even though we don’t really like what we’re doing. Just find some way to enjoy thing on your work.
    .-= Amega Products´s last blog ..Amega Global AMwand – Zero Point Magic or Scam =-.

  13. Not sure if you’ve read Lynchpin by Seth Godin, but he talks about how to become indispensable to your employer by becoming – in his worlds – an artist.

    Of course he’s not talking about what we normally consider to be art, and I can’t explain it in a few sentences but it’s available on Amazon and probably in your local book store.
    .-= Cold sore treatment´s last blog ..How to make a lemon balm lip salve cold sore treatment =-.

  14. Michael says:

    This is a great article and very interesting replies. During the time of recession I changed 2 jobs – first time because I felt that company I am working for will bankrupt and the 2nd time, I was surrounded by really unprofessional team. Currently I am happy with my job and I feel comfortable. Fasten my belt and await for better times.

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