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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