“This would be a very bad time to lose my job.” was the opening statement from a previous client. Supply chain issues in their industry were making them very nervous. That and they saw friends and family impacted by temporary shut-downs, if not out-right business closures.
It’s every professional’s worst nightmare.
Maybe you’re feeling vulnerable in your job too. We’re all watching (with great curiosity and concern) what’s happening around us. While individually we may have zero control over pandemics, inflation, markets, etc. it’s important to understand what you do control – you.
Your impact at work helps to keep your organization healthy, and healthy organizations are much more resilient in the face of wide-spread challenges. The way you carry yourself at work when things get stressful also influences your relevance to your employer; being open to new things, working well with conflict, keeping a professional demeanor and being a productive part of the team, all point to how irreplaceable you are.
Being relevant is key to surviving cut-backs. Here are 7 things in your control that increase your relevance and job security:
Kindness, respect, generosity and strong communication skills ensure you stand out in all the right ways with your employer. There are of course no guarantees, but all of the things on this list also make you a star candidate if you do get laid off (or decide to make a move).
Don’t let fear erode your self-confidence. You’ve survived 100% of your worst days and you are a credit to your profession.