In this article, I give you a few tips on how to keep a job. Recently, there has been more and more mention of the recession, cost cutting and, what probably scares employees the most, the fight to keep their jobs.
Judging by the predictions of economic experts, we are facing a difficult period in which most organizations will have to cut costs, which usually means laying off a certain number of workers.
Since we cannot influence the economic situation or the work policy of organizations, the question arises, what exactly can an individual do to keep his job and thus ensure the existence of himself and his family in the next period?
In the consulting business, in fact, we often encounter this question: throughout their lifetime, organizations face stages of stagnation in which it is necessary to get the most out of people so that the whole company is not doomed to closure.
In those moments, employers want consultants to help motivate employees to do their best and to work together to afford the company a new spring instead of the, at the time, likely last winter.
Employers agree on what they expect from their employees: they expect proactivity and flexibility; motivation to invest extra effort; a good atmosphere within the team (regardless of the fact that there are indeed objective difficulties that certainly affect the mood of people and thus their interpersonal relationships) and they want people to show knowledge and expertise in their fields.
It is clear to them that only in common,with the right synergy and maximum commitment of each person, the whole organization can get back on its feet and manage to survive in the market.
Given the already mentioned economic situation and what awaits us in the future, it is clear that employers will be those employees who show these characteristics will be key to business.
Consequently, it can be said that employees who behave in accordance with what employers need will certainly have a better chance of keeping their job.
It can also be said that through the upcoming crisis they will be able to show how successful they are in dealing with demanding situations and thus perhaps provide themselves with much better business opportunities and conditions after the crisis is successfully overcome.
But what exactly does this mean, what are the behaviors that can lead us to truly be among those that employers want to rely on and that they will need in the future?
If you are motivated and actively looking for a solution to the problem and investing energy in finding ways to make business easier and better, employers are likely to look at you as the person they will definitely need to adapt to the changes that follow.
In contrast, no one in your team will want to keep a person who spends time “whining” about how difficult the situation is and how nothing can be done…
In other words, if your employer e.g. says that you should work over the weekend to keep an important client, you will leave a much better impression if you are ready to offer to come than if you tell the boss that it is already the third working weekend in a row.
Of course, it is not easy to be positive when the reality is quite harsh, but, on the other hand, negative thinking will not change anything.
Indeed, if we look at situations through pessimistic glasses, it is possible that we will miss an idea or solution – being focused on the negative means only the negative and seeing.
Employees who keep a “calm head” in stressful situations and do not allow the demands of work and everyday opportunities to “throw them out of tact”, also have a much greater opportunity to keep their jobs.
This means that employers will prefer to have people in the team who can function well regardless of the pressure and who manage to maintain quality relationships with others.
Stressful circumstances can very easily provoke personal quarrels – the employer will certainly prefer to have people in his organization who he can believe will remain highly professional even in stressful and emotionally difficult moments.
Employers will definitely need people in their organizations who have some experience and knowledge. If you haven’t invested too much time in your education so far, read literature and actively worked on improving your own skills – it’s time to tackle it.
There is no doubt that top experts in their work will certainly be the first choice of many employers, but if you are not among them, you certainly have the opportunity to stand out by studying the business structure on your own initiative to be as competent as possible.
If we should briefly summarize what it is that will prompt the employer to just keep us in their organization – we could say that we should become as difficult to replace as possible.
This is not easy to achieve, especially if we are “served” daily with the rigid reality that awaits us.
Employees will be required to have a high level of energy and flexibility at times when the same will be very difficult to achieve: we will all agree that it is quite demanding to be positive and put in extra effort when we don’t know what tomorrow brings us.
At the same time, we always have a choice: indulge in black thoughts and wait for what will happen or fight and be maximally adaptable to show our bosses that they can count on us.
The choice is ours, but when things are set up this way, it’s actually pretty clear what the right path is. Is it not?