Woman to Women
Escaping the Axe
How to keep your job in a flailing economy
By: Kristin Johnson
I work in a company where layoffs seem to be a daily occurrence and the rumor mill is working overtime. It may be an unfortunate trend in your office, too, as colleagues slowly pack their personal belongings and make their way to the elevator bank for the last time.
Indeed, the slowing economy can lead to panic in the work force, as employees are left to wonder, “Am I next?” With the threat of recession – and spending down across the country – it’s only natural to worry about your job security. But while you can’t control your company’s decision to cut headcount, you can make it harder for them to let you go. Here’s some advice on how to make yourself more valuable during tough economic times:
1. Fly under the radar. When layoffs are rampant, it’s easy to get caught up in the drama and gossip. The best thing to do in this scenario is to simply walk away and mind your own business. In addition, make sure you show up on time and limit sick days and vacation time. In times like these, it’s better to go unnoticed and not stand out.
2. Stay busy. As the economy slows, your business may follow suit. So while you may not be very busy, it never hurts to work on future projects or simply ask for more to do. You’ll be remembered for your dedication.
3. Wear many hats. It’s easy to let someone go if they’re only responsible for one thing. It’s a lot harder to justify laying someone off if they have their hands in a lot of areas. So ask for more projects and tasks outside your normal job responsibilities. If your boss allows it, talk with other departments as well to find out if they need assistance.
4. Update your resume. If nothing else, it’s good to be prepared. You may even want to put some feelers out there by scanning job postings or getting in touch with a headhunter. And if you are laid off, keep in mind that it’s not personal – it’s just business.