We are living in crazy times at the moment. COVID 19 has caused havoc throughout the world and the impact has been devastating for many businesses, employees and employers alike.
If you are one of the lucky ones to still be in a job, you might be interested in what you can do to keep your job. We collected the best tips we could find in this article. Not all of them will apply to your circumstances, but with a bit of imagination, you should be able to use this information to improve your chances to stay in your job for a long time to come.
Let’s get right into it. The 7 best tips are:
- Identify your position within the company
- Be clear about your value in the company.
- Be visible in a positive way and connect with others in your organization
- Add to your skillset
- Be positive
- Support others in the company
- Understand your market value
Identify Your Position Within the Company
To keep any job you need to first understand what your job actually is. Many start out in a company and over time taken on many other jobs which were not part of the initial job description.
Every business is structured and controlled by business processes. Those processes ensure the general flow and define the success of a company. You need to understand in which of those processes you are involved.
It might make sense to have a chat with your boss to get his or her point of view as well. It doesn’t matter how important you feel your job is, but you need to know where you are in the overall company structure to be able to put yourself in a more favourable position.
Be Clear About Your Value in the Company
Once you understand your job and got the idea of what others think your job is, you can identify the impact your job has on the company’s success in its market. This part is all about identifying your value and knowing why your job exists.
These are the criteria managers use to decide on who stays and who goes during difficult times. If you know your own position, you can take action to improve on that and secure your job with the right actions.
The simple question to ask is following:
When I’ve finished my job, what is the result and how does this impact the overall success of the company?
I would always advise to discuss this with your supervisor or boss and make sure that you both see it the same way. Knowing this also allows you to see where you go wrong and where you could improve.
Be Visible in a Positive Way and Connect With Others in Your Organization
In most companies your actions and processes directly link to other co-workers, either because you work together on the same project, or they deal with the result of your project and work.
I don’t think I need to explain that having a good relationship with your co-workers is a good thing, but I would go further and try to understand how your work impacts others around you.
Is there anything you can do to improve on the interaction and connection with others. If your co-workers see you as a valuable link in the company they will more likely support you and want you around.
This does not mean you need to do their job, but it means that you need to understand their role and you can do to help them.
Add to Your Skillset
Any difficult situation requires some adjustment and for that, you often need to learn new skills. This is something you should always do, not just in difficult situations
But expanding your skillset should be done with a plan and a specific goal. I always advise to step back a bit and better understand the market you’re in. If you had to apply today for your job again, what would be the skills needed to get the job? This is what you’re competing with.
But don’t just look at your current company, instead have a look at the broader market. What do other competitive companies require for your type of job? This should give you a good idea what skills are most valuable to have and improve on.
This goes without saying, but is often forgotten. I understand, the thought of a chance to loose your job because of the current situation is not a happy one. But complaining about it and looking at everything from a negative view point does not help the situation either.
Actually the opposite is true. a person with a plan and a positive outlook is more like to stay in his or her job and seen as a valuable pillar in the company. It does not guarantee your job, but it highly improves your chances.
Another side effect is that you will be more likely be able top concentrate on what matters if you have a positive approach to it. Don’t get dragged down by others scarred about their job. You have a plan, defined your actions and you are doing it. Go for it.
Support Others in the Company
It is very likely that you are not the only one worried about your job. As mentioned before, don’t let anyone drag you down into a negative spiral, instead do the opposite and be the positive pole in your organisation.
If you see a chance to help someone to be better at their job, take the opportunity and help. This includes your boss as well. We are all people and we all struggle with difficult situations. Don’t separate yourself from the rest of the team, just because you think you have a plan and don’t want to be disturbed in your progression.
You read those tips, started acting on them and therefore created a positive vibe and a plan to proceed. Let others in and help them to become better, more structured and more positive as well.
This does not mean that anyone should distract you from your path, but welcome them to come along.
Understand Your Market Value
All the above can help you to secure your position in your company and help you stay in your job. But sometimes, that is not enough. In the end the decision isn’t yours to take and there might be some good reason to save money by letting you go. At least from the companies point of view.
In such a situation, you need to know the value you might be able to bring in the open market. It really comes back to applying all those points to the market itself.
If you follow those tips at all times and not just in difficult situations you shouldn’t have a problem with staying in your job or easily finding another one.
It is never to late to start taking your future into your own hands and learning and developing the skills you need to be the best you can be. In the end, that what it is about:
Be so good that they can’t afford to fire you!