Keeping A Job

You landed a job, and now you want to make sure that you keep it. To keep your job, it’s imperative to demonstrate to your employer that you’re a valuable employee.

There are numerous ways that you can show your employer that you’re a valuable employee in order to help maintain your employment. Here are a few of those ways:

  • Work Hard And Achieve Results.
    • Your employer is paying you for your time, effort, and results, so give them what they deserve.
    • If your employer has to make layoffs (fire/terminate/let people go), they may consider the results achieved by employees when making their decision. Making sure that you are productive and achieving great results can help your employer see that you are more valuable in comparison to other employees and therefore decide to keep you during a layoff.
  • Be On Time.
    • Show up on time.
    • Take only the break time (lunch, 15-minute breaks) allotted to you.
    • Clock out on time.
    • If you know you’ll be absent or tardy, call in and give as much advanced notice as possible.
  • Demonstrate Excellent Teamwork.
    • Do not gossip.
    • Maintain good, professional relationships with both coworkers and supervisors.
    • Lend a hand to your coworkers and/or supervisors whenever you can.
  • Show Flexibility.
    • Be willing to change directions in work as priorities change.
      • Ex: Stop working on one thing and switch to a new project at short notice provided by your supervisor.
    • Work overtime.
    • Switch shifts with a coworker who is in need.
    • Cover vacant shifts that need to be filled.
    • Be willing to travel.
  • Have A Good Attitude.
    • Do not complain.
    • Do not whine.
    • Be positive.
  • Keep Your Boss Informed. 
    • You can use email to create a paper trail. 
    • If you have weekly reports, track on them, otherwise, you can email your supervisor to let him or her know when you accomplish tasks, such as projects. Your supervisor may not know what you have accomplished unless you make him or her aware. 
    • If budget cuts occur, increasing your supervisor’s awareness of your accomplishments can help make you more valuable and more likely to be kept if people have to be let go.
  • Provide Excellent Customer Service.
    • Remember that you are there to serve. 
    • Seek opportunities to serve others, including both customers/clients and coworkers.
    • If you are helping someone and don’t know the answer necessary to solve the issue, don’t just make something up.  Let them know that you’re not sure but that you’ll find the answer and then follow up with them. 
    • Be sure to follow up in a timely manner.
  • Follow The Rules.
    • Be familiar with company and department rules, policies, and procedures and abide by them. 
    • See if your company has an Employee Handbook and learn it.
  • Take Initiative.
    • Challenge yourself.
    • Seek relevant certifications.
    • Keep current certifications up-to-date.
    • Continue professional training, such as continuing education.
    • Be a self-starter.
    • If you don’t have anything to do and have free time, seek work.
    • Work hard even when your boss isn’t watching. Your supervisor should not have to be your babysitter.
  • Be A Go-To Person. 
    • You can make yourself valuable at your company by being able to do one thing better than anyone else, making you harder to replace and of greater value if you’re able to help out fellow employees in this area.
  • Be Innovative And Creative.
    • Look for and apply new ways to improve your position.
  • Accept Feedback.
    • In many cases, try to remember that the feedback is meant to serve you, and the person providing it is taking time out of his or her busy schedule to provide you with feedback because he or she cares about your development.
  • Dress Appropriately For The Job.
    • Know your company’s expectations and culture.
    • You may want to examine our Learning Resource called Dress In Business Attire.
  • Identify Problems ASAP.
    • Try to identify problems ahead of time to fix them as soon as possible, especially if you need help. 
    • Management is super busy, and your supervisor will be grateful because early problem identification can save him or her time, especially if it stops the problem from growing even larger, even if he or she never expresses his or her gratitude.
  • Know When To Ask For Help.
    • Know when to figure something out on your own and when to ask for help.
    • It may be smart to ask for help if it’s taking a long time for you to figure it out on your own or if it’s a decision that, if you make a mistake, can cause detrimental issues.
  •   Go Above And Beyond.
    • Avoid saying, “That’s not my job!” especially if you want to move up in the company.
    • It’s common for managers to have earned their positions by doing not only their own job but also taking on additional work that either others couldn’t handle or turned down by using that very phrase.
    • Overall, make it your practice to do more and better than what’s expected of you.
  • Participate Actively.
    • As possible, participate in company-sponsored activities.
  • Keep It A Secret.
    • If you are wanting to leave your job, but you still need to stay for the time being, it may be best to keep that to yourself and only those closest to you.
    • Be careful who you trust. Someone you trust may still gossip about it.
    • Absolutely do not post it on social media.
  • Suck It Up, Buttercup.
    • You may not like your job, and/or it may be tough, but if you need the paycheck, you may just have to deal with it until you can secure another sufficient source of income.

 

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