Bullet Proof Your Job

There’s a lot of nervousness in the UK workplace. There may still be orders coming in and business ticking over, but senior management are always on the lookout to cut costs, and this can include staff.

There is a tendency for staff (at all levels in an organisation) to adopt an ostrich strategy to potential job losses and keep their nose clean and their head down. If you’re one of these people who are worried about your job security, and are not sure what you can do about it, there are some things that you might want to consider:

Raise your Hand
Rather than hide away and hope for the best, approach your senior management and pro-actively ask them if there is a difference type or measure of role and responsibility you can take to make matters better.

This is not a question of ‘sucking up’ – but merely an indication that you want to be seen as part of the solution, not part of the chaff.

Stick Your Nose In
Why not try to take a step back, and have a real objective look at the way you, your department or even your company works. Try and identify changes you would make in systems or procedures that would make the organisation more efficient and effective. Try and work out these benefits in terms of the only two important commodities for your bosses; time and money.

Armed with these proposals, pro-actively approach senior management with your ideas. Again, this will show your capacity as a problem solver, and show that you are trying to take shared ownership in finding solutions to secure the company’s future and profits.

Training
Invest in your personal development. Embark on a management training course, a sales training course, a customer service training course or any new learning project that would impact on your job. Wouldn’t this make you are more valuable asset and less vulnerable in a round of forced redundancies?