[Part II of IV]
When your company or industry is facing lay-offs, it’s natural to feel helpless and even unmotivated. You don’t know who’s staying and who’s leaving, and that lack of control can be debilitating.
However, there are steps that you can take to reduce the likelihood that you’ll lose your job. Here are five essential actions to take that may help solidify your position:
- Be clear on your value to the organization. Take a close look at the work you’re doing and identify how it contributes to your company’s objectives and bottom line. Are your clients happy? Are you billable? If that’s not obvious to you, how will it be clear to the leaders determining who stays and who goes?
- Shake off the doldrums. It’s a difficult time, but try to avoid the complainers. Save the venting for home and try to be positive at work. You’ll have more energy, which is bound to translate into greater productivity. Your attitude will make you stand out in the sea of negativity.
- Network internally with other departments. This is not the time to arrive late or leave early. If your work is slow, volunteer to assist other areas of the company. For example, a Corporate Communications manager who offered to assist the Information Technology department with its communications escaped a massive employee reduction when her IT contacts created a special position for her within their department.