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Job success: What’s love got to do with it?

Finding and keeping a job in this day and age is commendable at best. The key of course, is to know how to keep that position you worked so hard to get.

It would be easy to assume that if you work hard every day, your position on the job is secure. Well, if you’ve ever worked hard and ended up in the unemployment line, then you know, that although hard work is commendable, it does not guarantee job security.

In fact, if you think about the various reasons given that you and others have been terminated from employment, it would surely include being terminated for cause: this means that you are terminated for a specific reason that include any of the following: Sub-par performance, bad attitude, posting on Facebook, stealing, lying, failing a drug or alcohol test, falsifying records, embezzlement, insubordination, deliberately violating company policy or rules, serious misconduct related to employment, convicted of a crime, breach of contract with employer and etc.

If you are however, that employee who works hard, keeps your nose clean and do none of the acts mentioned above, you could still be terminated for reasons such as: reorganization, organizational restructuring, down-sizing, corporate restructuring, departmental revamping, corporate transitioning, and the list goes on.

The question then, is how do you position yourself to be the employee that remains a viable part of the corporate team, no matter what department or what level you represent? Whether in the corporate office or on the manufacturing floor, job security is paramount.

Validating your worth, focusing on what matters and knowing corporate direction are some of the first steps in job security. Think about what you can contribute to your employer, such as: being part of a good work environment, positive attitude, understanding your responsibility and the responsibility of those you work with, not so that you can make sure they do their jobs, but so you can do their job if necessary (i.e., co-worker gets sick or is behind in production). You must become a valuable part of the team. Complaining about what is not your job could be the death of a good position. Ruminating is one of the leading reasons that help diminish job security.

Rumination is defined as the compulsively focused attention on the symptoms of one’s distress, and on its possible causes and consequences, as opposed to its solutions. Rumination is similar to worry except rumination focuses on bad feelings and experiences from the past, whereas worry is concerned with potential bad events in the future. Rumination is associated with anxiety and other negative emotional states, according a Wikipedia article entitled: Rumination (psychology).

On the job it can manifest itself as constant complaining about what someone is doing to you, or what you think others think of you,. Sharing every once in a while is not a problem, when it is not connected to a complaint, but when you are consumed with the same problems, whether initiated on the job with your work or with other employees, ruminating is uncomfortable for others and causes a disruption in the work flow.

You can learn about how to stop ruminating by going to the health central link listed here.

You should know, that just because you may love your job, it does not guarantee happiness, security or a problem-free continuation, those things happen, not by accident, but by a willingness to know and understand what part you play in the success of the company or organization.

Positivity, knowledge, and the desire to succeed (regardless of coworkers, negative superiors or an unfair workload), should be the motivation that keeps you moving forward. Love is a byproduct and it has nothing to do with it.