July 31, 2009
I’m sure we have all heard the saying “last in first out” when referring to the way companies decide which employees will be let go when facing the need to make staff reductions.
Being someone who recently witnessed several employees get laid off, I know that it’s not fun for anyone. I also know that while we will never know all of the factors that go into choosing who goes and who stays, there are certain things that we can do to make sure we aren’t on the list of those to go.
Your first job is all about impressing your employer, so that you move up from your entry level position quickly or so that they rave about you whenever future employers call to get the scoop on you. So with that being said, none of this should be out of character for those of us who are still fresh in the corporate world.
The first thing that you want to do is make sure you always complete tasks. When companies are losing money hand over fist, the last thing they want to do is waste payroll on someone who isn’t handling their workload. There’s an easy fix to that, they will fire you and make someone else who values their job do double the work.
The next thing is something that we have all been hearing since elementary school, attendance is mandatory. There is no way you can give the impression that you like and want to keep your job if you find any and every reason to not show up. Bosses will figure they are doing you a favor by letting you go.
The last thing that I want to touch on is being mindful and not doing things that are inappropriate at work. You should not be watching the latest episode of Hell’s Kitchen, Family Guy, or any other prime time feature that you missed while you are at work. You should be working, or at least pretending like you are working.
Keep these things in mind and you will hopefully be in good shape if your company faces layoffs.