If you are hearing rumors or getting signs that the company is in trouble and your job is in jeopardy, it may be too late to save it. You should have been selling yourself, and making yourself indispensable from the first day at that job.
Yes, it is easy to say that in hind sight, but what can you do about it before you are in trouble? Here are a few tips that should help your cause:
- Don’t screw up. Know what is needed from you and give 110 percent. Make sure others witness your hard work. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. And if the person you asked doesn’t have answers, find them yourself and then share them with him.
- Share what you’re best at. What you are best at should be used to your benefit, and offered freely in helping others you work with. Let others know about these contributions without bragging.
- Don’t be a hermit. Take part in company meetings, discussions, and get-togethers. Talk to all employees as you go through the day…learn their names, and answer their emails. But do not gossip.
- Be helpful but not at the expense of your own work. Be there to offer help, but never in lieu of completing your own work. Don’t criticize systems in place unless you have worked out a way to correct them. If you see a problem that needs attention and you have an answer, present it to the powers that be. And don’t be overly sensitive if they are not enthusiastic about your suggestions.
- Be aware of the people around you. If you smile and laugh easily, are thoughtful and kind, and people would miss having you around, you will be one of the last to go. If having you in the company made a difference, they will want to keep you there.
However, there are time when redundancies seem the only way out for a business that is in trouble. At that point, when it seems imminent, you might offer to take a pay cut, work fewer hours, or even take a leave of absence to help them financially. You might offer to work as an independent contractor, or consultant. It will keep you in the loop until their situation has improved or you have had time to look for a better situation.
Fast forward to March 2018
here is an updated article on avoiding redundancy and if you’re employing staff this article provides tips on how to embrace change while avoiding redundancies.