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How to keep your job when others around you are losing theirs

No one really knows how this recession is going to pan out as every downturn is different. Maybe your position is "safe" but is "safe" good enough for you? Perhaps it is worth pondering what Charles Darwin allegedly said "It is not the strongest of the species who survives, but the one most responsive to change."

No one really knows how this recession is going to pan out as every downturn is different. Maybe your position is "safe" but is "safe" good enough for you? Perhaps it’s worth pondering what Charles Darwin allegedly said "It is not the strongest of the species who survives, or the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."

 

Despite all the predictions out there that we’re over the worst of the recession, it is still biting deep and will continue to impact our lives for the foreseeable future.

 

A wide range of industries

We hear daily horror stories of employees being asked to clear their desks from one day to the next – and no, we’re not talking about Lehmann Brothers and investment banks here but about normal companies across both geographies and a wide range of industries.

 

To go to the wall

Obviously if your company goes to the wall, there is nothing you can do about it but if your firm can ride out the crisis, you will want to be a part of the team that sees it through the downturn and not one of the ones laid off. So, if you want to protect your job, reduce your stress levels, and stop worrying about what may or may not happen – here are a few tips on how to survive.

 

Read the writing on the wall

Now is not the time to bury your head in the sand like the proverbial ostrich - you need to keep up with what’s going on in your industry, company, and department. If the company announces a moratorium on hiring or overtime or cancels a firm outing or party, there’s likely to be a rough ride ahead - so prepare yourself.

 

Be seen and play to your strengths

Pull out all the stops and do your best at work - just doing the bare minimum is not an option - and be seen to be doing it. Wallflowers are easily overlooked at the best of times and this not the time to fade away into the wallpaper like a shrinking violet. You could also consider volunteering for extra work e.g., taking on corporate social responsibility activities - this will make you more visible and make you appear serious about engaging with the company you work for over and beyond your job description.

 

 Vocabulary  
 to go to the wall bankrott gehen
 to pull out all the stops  alle Hebel in Bewegung setzen
 to fade away schwinden
 shrinking violet schüchternes Pflänzchen

 

 

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