August 15, 2011
9 Tips for Workers in a Turbulent Economy
Doug Dennerline, HR expert and president of SuccessFactors, a global employee-management software company, has the following tips for employees who want to make themselves invaluable and less vulnerable to job cuts at a time when confidence among U.S. employers is shaky:
1. Remember the Basics. Now is not the time to miss a deadline, show up late, try a risky ensemble or be seen gossiping at the water cooler. It may not seem like managers are watching you, but staying professional at the workplace will serve you better than you think.
2. Know Your Priorities at Work. Make sure the work you're doing is aligned to the company's goals and initiatives. Make sure that you're working on strategic projects. You'll make your work invaluable by focusing your efforts in the right direction.
3. Ask for More Responsibility. Many of us are overworked, but having a positive attitude while asking how else you can chip in goes a long way to impress the boss and makes you stand out from the coworkers loudly grumbling complaints at their desks.
(Get more tips in "Getting on the Boss's Good Side.")
4. Merchandise Yourself at Work, Humbly. Make sure you're seen as a top performer at work, and have your accomplishments recognized -- especially when speaking with your manager and other influential folks at your company.
5. Broaden Your Skill Set. Being an expert on a specific topic is nice, but when positions are being cut, the workers who can do their jobs as well as others' jobs are more likely to be kept on the payroll.
(Read "Five Ways to Be a Good Team Player" for more advice.)
6. Join a Professional Networking Group. This is a great way to meet new contacts, as well as to keep up with your industry. The best time to network is before you need help in your job search.
7. Get Involved in Your Community on Behalf of Your Company. If your company will sponsor you for a charity or fundraiser event, take advantage of highlighting yourself as a company representative. You'll not only stand out among the management team, but also be seen as a contributor to the company.
8. Stay Abreast of Latest Industry Developments and Technology. Make sure you set yourself apart from the crowd by keeping up with news and technology, so that you can make credible recommendations at your company that make sense, and potentially save your company money.
9. Have a Backup Plan. If your company is really in dire straits, there may be nothing you can do to keep yourself immune to layoffs. Keep your online professional profiles up-to-date. Also, search for yourself onilne sure the results are positive and double check social profiles like Facebook and Twitter to make sure they reflect you positively.
What are your tips for making yourself indispensable at work? Share your thoughts in the Comments section.
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Great pointers, too badmany people don't use it or obey them as they should. I enjoy visiting this site from time to time on my not so busy days or moments.
Posted by: Sanford | Aug 29, 2011 6:46:20 PM
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