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The Top Ten Tips for Keeping Your Job

Top Tips

What you Need to Know

  1. Even if you don’t enjoy your job, you should be seen to be enthusiastic.
  2. Even if you’re naturally the quiet type, it’s also a good idea to make yourself seen and heard around the workplace.
  3. However, be wary of blurring the line between being a professional and being unprofessional.
  4. Having confidence in your own abilities is always an attractive trait, both inside and outside of the workplace.
  5. Whilst having confidence is important, be sure not to overstep the mark and come across as arrogant.
  6. Make sure you know what is expected of you and then do your best to go beyond this.
  7. Work smarter rather than harder. Be sure that you efforts are translating into productivity.
  8. Be flexible. Be ready to take on new responsibilities if you want to impress.
  9. Make yourself invaluable by learning new skills and then teaching them to others.
  10. Even if you do all this, it's still a good idea to plan for the future as you never know what might happen.

1) Be Enthusiastic

Very few people genuinely love their jobs and even those that do still have their off days. Unfortunately, if your job is on the line then you need to appear to be super-enthusiastic at all times. Fortunately, however, this is relatively easy to do. Simply turning up early or on time, showing an interest in the work of your colleagues and being ready to volunteer for extra tasks is likely to make you stand out from the crowd and boost your chances of being retained. If all else fails, remind yourself how lucky you are to be in a job, particularly when many others are losing theirs.

2) Be Visible…

When it comes to redundancies, employers may be more tempted to get rid of people they don’t know than familiar and friendly faces. So, even if you’re naturally the quiet type, it’s a good idea to make yourself seen and heard around the workplace. Take the time to chat with your boss and colleagues and don’t just talk about work-related matters; showing your personable side by engaging in jokes and small talk will also show you to be a team-player and so an asset your employer would be unwise to let go.

3)…But Stay Professional

While it pays to be visible around the office and to make friends with your colleagues and even your superiors, be wary of crossing the line between being professional and unprofessional. So, respect others’ privacy and be sure to leave you home life at home. And, above all, don’t get sucked into gossiping about looming job losses as this could seriously backfire on you.

4)Be Confident…

Having confidence in your own abilities is always an attractive trait, both inside and outside of the workplace. Remember why you were given your job in your first place and recognise what you can offer your employer. Above all else, don’t appear to be overly worried about the prospect of losing your job even if it is keeping you awake at night.

5)…But Not Arrogant

Be aware, however, that there’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance, so be very sure you don’t cross this. After all, annoying your colleagues or boss with the size of your ego is a surefire way of ensuring your name is the first on the list if redundancies have to be made. So, be ready to compliment others for a job well done and be modest even if you have performed spectacularly well. Above all, you should be happy to let your work speak for you rather than blowing your own trumpet.

6)Go Above and Beyond Expectations

Going above and beyond what is expected of you is, of course, a pretty obvious thing to do if you are facing the threat of redundancy. However, many workers don’t actually have a full appreciation of what is actually expected of them. To address this, arrange a meeting with your immediate superiors and even with colleagues in other departments. Not only will this boost your visibility and show your commitment and enthusiasm, it will also allow you to benchmark your own performance, again increasing your chances of being seen as invaluable around the workplace.

7)Be Flexible

If your employer is looking to downsize or restructure, then a willingness to be flexible could be the key to holding onto your job. So, show a willingness to take on more and different tasks, even if these have been outside your area of responsibility before. Additionally, be ready to chip in wherever you may be needed, even if it’s outside of your normal hours.

Of course, being flexible may require you to take a pay cut or put your promotion plans on hold. If this is indeed the case, then you need to consider how much you want to hold onto your job. However, even if you aren’t willing to carry on with reduced pay or promotion prospects, be wary of dismissing this out of hand. Instead, it might be better to present yourself as willing but look for new opportunities at the same time. After all, you don’t want to be left with no job at all.

8)Work Smarter Rather then Harder

If the threat of redundancy looms, the most obvious course of action might be to put your head down and work harder than ever. While a boss is certainly likely to be impressed by your commitment if you arrive early or stay late, they will be even more impressed if they see an upturn in your productivity levels and end results. So, the key here is to work not just harder but smarter.

9)Boost Your Skills

Boosting your skills is a great way of making yourself more retainable. If possible, take a course; not only will this give you some valuable new skills, it will also show your boss how enthusiastic and motivated you are and so how much of an asset you are. And don’t keep your new skills to yourself. Instead, volunteer to train your colleagues. Again, this will make you even more valuable in the workplace and so make it less likely that you will be let go.

One other big advantage of this tactic is that, even if you do lose your job, your new skills will then boost your chances of finding a new position.

10)Plan for the Future

Even if you do all of the above and more, it may still be the case that you end up losing your job, so it’s wise to prepare yourself for this eventuality. With this in mind, concentrate on building up your employability skills and start seeing what opportunities are out there. You may find that having a fallback plan makes you generally more positive and enthusiastic, thereby increasing the likelihood of your staying on in your current role anyway.

Further Reading

  • If you want to expand on your skills, take a look at the qualifications available from ICS.
  • If you are let go, you can find out more about your rights with this guide to redundancy from the government.
  • If you think of putting out the feelers and sending your resume out, read this guide to writing a great CV first.

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