As the global economy changes and companies experience mergers and downsizing, workers fear becoming redundant and being let go. To avoid being in that situation, there are a few strategies you can use to make yourself a more valuable employee, who stands out and that way you can increase your job security.
Though there is no way you can 100 per cent secure your job, especially in a delicate situation like downsizing, to increase your chances of keeping your job, the best thing you can do is show your manager your value. If you are consistent, happy to help, and you can deliver, your manager won’t want to lose you.
Ways you can increase your visibility
Keep track of your goals, projects, and responsibilities, and document your results and areas for improvement. Discuss these with your boss – report your progress and ask for their advice on how you can improve a specific skill. It will show them you are committed and looking to better yourself as a professional.
Analyse processes that can be made more efficient and present a plan. Companies sometimes hire consultants to increase their productivity and solve specific problems, but as an employee, you probably know what issues are really affecting you, your co-workers and your boss. Try to come up with simple yet innovative solutions and show how valuable an employee you are.
Offer to help co-workers. Don’t be arrogant about it, and don’t expect anything in return. If you see they need help and you have useful advice, go ahead. They will appreciate it and so will your boss.