The figures become increasingly scary, many people will be dismissed this year and many will be affected by salary’s reduction. In addition, employers do not give signs that things will get better in the next months, even in the next few years. So all you can do is to be aware of the situation and to protect your territory.
To be sure you won’t be affected because of the crisis, make sure that your superiors know how much you’re doing for the company and how much you try daily to improve your professional skills.
How do you do that? Well … like this:
1. Make yourself visible
If you do everything perfect but no one notices, you might have a serious problem. Try to draw attention on you, to ask for the others’ opinion. For example, if you finished a project, ask for the objective opinion of your boss. He will be impressed by your professionalism.
Try to help your colleagues and to become indispensable for the team. As more as the others depend on you, as little are the changes to be fired.
2. Don’t be unpredictable
All employers appreciate new ideas and creative projects, but now it’s not a proper time to get involved in risky investments.
It is fair, if you have impressing results in this period, you’ll be appreciated…but if you loose, things won’t look too rosy.
3. Control yourself
Your boss can be downright hysterical in this period, but you should control yourself and be as calm as possible. If not, you risk creating tension and no one needs a factor of stress in addition.
4. Focus on the team
People tend to become more lonely, paying more attention to what they say and more skeptical in relation to others. Try to be more coherent and more attentive to those around you. Don’t get involved in discussions or situations that don’t concern you and don’t try to prove your superiority or knowledge when it’s not the case.
Act carefully; as you try to get involved more, your colleagues might become suspicious.
5. Don’t give up teambuilding
Maybe they are not organized very well or you don’t have enough time to participate, but they represent a good time to make friends among your colleagues and to make yourself appreciated positively.
Benefit fully from these opportunities and show them all how important you are for the company.
Sources: entrepreneurs.about.com/od/humor/a/keepyourjob.htm, achievebalance.com/career/keep_job.htm, www.usnews.com/articles/business/careers/2008/02/21/how-to-keep–your–job-in-a-slowdown.html