10 Ways to Safeguard Your Job
A man once told me “it is easy to acquire but it is sometimes difficult to keep”. I didn’t really get much insight into the statement until I saw the way people behave at work. They create a particular image during interviews so that the audience “falls into love” immediately. Certain people only impress in their efforts to promote themselves. Once “sold” and once they are hired they’re very bad in keeping the position. I know a few former coworkers who are working in managerial positions or even have their own businesses as CEO and Founder. As I have observed, while hearing the cries that these executives make, they do not take care of themselves and feel at ease too quickly after obtaining the job. What they don’t recognize is that the worker is a performer, not just one who shows up for work but with no proof of why the employee is hired. Employees are suspended, fired and are warned of poor performance. I also am amazed at the elderly people I meet who say they have been employed by the company for over forty years. Some go to retirement after working only for one employer.
How do they maintain their position?
1. Know how you will perform your work and what you are expected to do.
A job title may not fully convey the duties you have to fulfill the job. Always insist on having the job description in writing. If the expectations are written down in pencil, then you’ll be able to fulfill them than if they’re hazy. Learn to master your own field by asking questions of information that is valuable.
2. Follow the rules of conduct
Every company must have a rules of conduct that specify the way employees dress and what happens to them, what’s punishments for them in the event that they do not show up to work on time, and the list goes on. Code of Conduct is the basis for your conduct in the work area.
3. Be aware of when you are or under the control of
People may not realize that each job comes with the power of authority. However, they aren’t aware of the extent of their authority. At any time, you’re either in control or you’re subordinate to another. It is not always your turn to be in the midst of a decision.
4. Be honest and transparent.
Honesty is the most elusive attribute that can cause individuals to lose their jobs. I’m able to recall when I removed people who were efficient in their work, highly productive but did not adhere to integrity. They began cheating or bribing, and then executing the business by taking shortcuts.
5. Have the right attitude
People are fired because of their attitude. have a negative outlook. Grumbling, angry, and grumpy employees seldom get promoted. I’m wondering how those who don’t smile get working in customer service positions which handles client questions.
6. Performance and results
This is directly related to the ability to perform the task and achieve results. It is not your job to do anything other than the attainment of the desired results. The results can be measured in the quantity, quality, volume revenues, efficiencies, and the list goes on.
7. Be part of the team
The team members maintain their positions. The ability to influence others to be successful and perform could even mask your flaws. If you are a solo player then you’ll soon be exposed and shown to be lacking.
8. Be committed to your brand and to your business
Loyalty refers to being sold out to the company or product that you trade in. I am disgusted by those who trade in one model of car, but end up driving a different kind of car. Consider what you are communicating. The public has lost faith in the company because their loyalty was put tested, and jobs were lost.
9. Be confident
The risk of exposing confidential information is that people play and are immediately fired. An informational piece when misused can cause a company to fail. The jobs of payroll administrator or other positions require an individual with integrity at heart and who will not ever divulge information they are privy to.
10. Be ready to accept corrections and to continue learning
This is closely linked to the attitude. Anyone who doesn’t learn from their mistakes isn’t required. At work there is a guarantee that you won’t always be aware of everything you do. The people around you will not improve your skills when you aren’t willing to be corrected or quickly take offense. One who is able to learn from their mistakes typically keeps their job for a longer time.