Loss of employment can be a severe blow to a person, especially when one has monthly bills to pay. It can cause a great amount of anxiety.
But whether you have had the experience of losing a job or not, it is wise to know what can be done to avoid being fired or being among those that an employer lets go when he finds it necessary to reduce his staff.
There are certain things you can do that will help you to keep your job or at least keep some kind of employment. Here are some suggestions:
(1) Upgrade skills
One of the best assurances of steady employment is for a person to upgrade oneself by developing a new marketable skill or improving the one a person has.
If you decide to develop a new skill, you should first investigate to find out what skills are in demand and what training opportunities are available.
Rather than waiting until you are laid off before beginning such training, it would be wise to start it before you are out of a job.
Your mind will be much freer to concentrate on what you are studying when you have money coming in to pay your bills than when you are unemployed.
(2) Maintain good working habits
There is great value in taking stock of yourself to see how you can strengthen your hold on your job. Perhaps you have developed habits that are weakening your position.
Do you have the same enthusiasm or show the same diligence and regard for your job as when you first began working on it?
There is a tendency among people to become lax after working at a job for several months or years. Then their interest wanes.
They get into the habit of being late for work, of wasting time on the job and of making only half-hearted effort to do their work. It is easy to forget how much one really needs the job.
By reviewing you work habits objectively from time to time, you can note what you are doing that reduces your value to your employer.
Instead of being habitually late for work, make it a point to arrive a little early so that you can be at your job before the starting time.
You make a better impression on the management when you are working before time rather than coming late or just standing about waiting for the starting hour.
The same holds true at the end of working hours. It is easy to get into the habit of watching the clock and stopping working a little before quitting time.
The impression you make is much better when the time reaches and even goes a little beyond it before you start packing your belongs.
(3) Maintain good productivity
The employee that performs poorly, having low output, is actually a drag on the business. The cost for his labor is not being balanced out by his productivity.
This does not help a business to compete with competitors. Low productivity raises production costs.
The higher those costs go the less profits a business will make, especially in a highly competitive market.
Therefore if you get into the habit of wasting time during the day, producing less than you are capable of doing, how can you expect to be among those that your employer will keep when he trims his staff?
Therefore a person should realize that he or she has better chances of keeping ones job by having a high productive output with good quality than if he or she has a low output.
It is only right that you give the employer the time he pays for, as well as the best of your talent and effort. When you do so, you become a valuable employee that your boss will want to keep.
(4) Be dependable
It is only logical that an employer, when trimming the payroll, will favour a regular and dependable person rather than one who is not.
It often means more to him to have a worker that he can depend on being on the job than one with greater skill but cannot be relied on.
An employer wants a worker he can depend on to do what he is told, not the one that is better at thinking up excuses than doing the work.
There is a case of building contractor who had a worker that was not particularly skilled, but he could always count on that man being at work and working hard while there.
Whenever there was a seasonal drop in the construction work and some workers had to be laid off, he would keep this man on the payroll.
The person that can be depended upon to be on and produce, as in the case of this man, recommends himself as a desirable employee and usually keeps his job.
(5) Be trustworthy
An employer does not want to keep a worker who will glibly lie or tells half-truths to explain away his failures, his mistakes, fraudulent activities or his laziness.
He can never be certain that he can trust such a person or that the person will be on hand to do the job or, if there, to do it properly.
For example, employers realize that during the course of a year an employee might get sick and must be away from work for a few days.
But this provision does not mean a person should claim to be sick when he is not, just so he can use up the sick leave. Such dishonesty does not build up respect from his employers.
No matter how understanding an employer may be he or she is certain to lose patience with the person who repeatedly not at work for no particular reason.
It is evident that a person who can be trusted is more valuable than a talented person who is not.
Being trustworthy will certainly strengthen your job security. Your loyalty to the employer will be gladly appreciated and rewarded.
(6) Maintain good work attitude
Although you may dislike the type of work you have been told to do or how it is to be done, it is unwise to manifest openly your dislike for it.
It can create a bad impression with your employer and co-workers. Instead be respectful of your employer and considerate of your fellow employees.
Be willing to accept instructions and corrections.
If you have the attitude that you know it all and cannot be told to do anything or that your capabilities are far superior to position you hold, you are not likely to hold your job for long, much less make any advancement.
Thus endeavor in maintaining a cordial working relationship with your employer and co-workers.
Within reason, a person can serve the interest of his employer with diligence, ability, loyalty, honesty and dependability.
This will give his or her employer solid reasons for keeping him on the job.
By being conscious of what you can do to keep your job can do much to avoid the unpleasant experience of being unemployed.
By applying some of the suggestions discussed, you can get a firmer hold on your job.