With the unemployment statistics continued on rise during the global economic recession, it has become even more difficult to keep your job. Here are seven tips that will help you protect a lay-off:
Give Something Extra
Volunteer to do extra tasks and become indispensable to your company. Show keen interest in taking up new assignments and responsibilities so that you become more valuable to the company. This will keep you off the list of candidates to be laid off while downsizing.
Arrive early, leave late
Show enthusiasm while working for the company. Always try to come at least half an hour earlier and stay late after work. This shows commitment to your work. Avoid saying no if you are asked to come on weekends when work is piled up.
Communicate with your boss
Maintain a good rapport with you boss and keep him/her informed of all your work related activities. Having informal meetings during lunch or tea breaks will also be very useful. A boss is always more comfortable with an employee who is easily accessible at all times.
Acquire new skills
Take up short career development courses every now and then and polish your skills as well as acquire new ones. This will add more value to your career.
Avoid company gossip
Never get involved in company gossip especially in the early stages of your job. This may harm your reputation and will make chances of success very bleak.
Gather information on the latest news about the company to find out if downsizing is to be in the near future. It will be very useful to know if company is planning expansion, taking up new projects or closing down old ones.
Develop healthy working relationships with peers, boss, bosss boss and other key personnel in the company. All these people may prove useful in saving your career.