Job security is and has always been important to most hard workers. Getting noticed and being a contributor to the company you work for is important for anyone that has intentions on moving up into higher positions or simply to secure their place in the position they already have.
This guide was made to help you increase your chances of job security. As mentioned earlier, the best way to secure yourself at work is to get noticed–but for doing the right things, of course. Here are a few of those “right things” you can do to grab your boss’ attention…
1. Work overtime. Very few people like to work overtime, but that is exactly why anyone who does will stand out. When you work overtime, you don’t have to work long hours if you don’t want to. You can simply do an extra hour or two and that will make a huge difference in how you are perceived by your boss and other co-workers. Imagine the difference it would make in your image if you worked a minimum of 5 hours overtime a week? You will appear to be a dedicated worker and your boss will greatly appreciate that. He may even start to rely on you to be there when no one else will.
2. Be VERY good at something. Know how to do something your co workers or boss can’t do. When every employee is operating on the same skill level, it makes it hard for anyone to stand out. So you must be able todo something that the rest of your employees can’t do. Think everything that must be done at work from the largest duties down to the smallest ones. There should be at least one thing that you could perfect. It doesn’t matter how small it is. The key is to be better at it than your coworkers or boss. When you do this, you will be noticed–but better yet–valued.
3. Bring in the bucks. If you are helping your company make money, then you have a great chance of keeping your job. Any employee that is contributing the company’s cash flow is indeed a valuable employee. The top employees are usually the top contributors. Those that are bringing in the most sales or the most customers are usually considered to be the top contributors in most cases. Be a contributor in your job’s success, and you will have a pretty decent chance of staying.
4. Be a workaholic. If you are not only trying to secure your position, but also trying to get a promotion, allow yourself to be completely committed to your job for 1-3 months. This means you will do extra hours, volunteer work, skill perfecting, and anything that will help you move ahead. Allow yourself to live and breathe your job for this amount of time and your boss will have no choice but to notice. After you’ve done this, you will be ready to ask for a new position, a raise or simply enjoy your newfound job security.
5. Lastly, you should have a plan b. If you feel that you are not secure in your job, you may need to have a plan on what you will do if you happen to lose your job. You should know when and where you will begin looking for new work and how you will be taking care of your family and home expenses in the mean time. An article that can help you with that would be How to Track Your Home Expenses . If you begin practicing these things while you are still financially stable, you will have more security if you are ever out of work.
Job security is never guaranteed, but it can be more probable if you do what an employer expects from an employee. All these things may not have been outlined in your employee handbook, but that doesn’t mean that these things are not important. Every employer wants an employee that they can rely on for whatever is needed. The five tips above can help you become a better employee, therefore giving you the security you desire. Good luck on your job.
For more information on increasing job security, read this short article, Six Ways to Protect Your Career from Offshoring by Larry Buhl.