Five Keys to Keeping Your Job
By Charles Hopkins
Published 09/20/2007 | Jobs and Careers
You may be fortunate enough to have a job today, but with the history
of the job market, that may not be the case tomorrow. That is unless
you make yourself stand out from the "crowd."
There are five basic keys to keeping the job you have. Even if it
is one you don't enjoy, you can use that position as a launching pad
for your ideal position in the future by using these suggestions.
First, you need to be able to communicate well. As one of the
Proverbs says, "When anyone is replying to a matter before he hears it,
that is foolishness on his part..." That means that listening closely
to your employer and to your co-workers can prevent misunderstandings
and keep you from making foolish mistakes that could cause you problems
and unnecessary stress.
Also, you need to speak so that you can be heard and understood.
You need to speak clearly and loudly enough to be heard, but not too
loud so as to appear that you are angry or trying to show authority
over your co-workers. If you do this, it is more likely that you will
be understood, and others, including your employer, will have more
respect for you and more likely to listen to what you have to say.
Get Along With Others
Second, you need to get along with others. You spend more time at
your workplace than you do at home, so you might become very close
friends with some of your work mates. You also might not like some of
them. This could lead to complaining or gossiping about some of your
co-workers, or worse yet, your job and your employer. A piece of
advise, "..make it your aim to live quietly and to mind your own
business." This not only makes for better working conditions but you
will avoid wasting your employer's time and possibly causing needless
friction with your co-workers.
Go the Extra Mile
Thirdly, do more than is expected. if you want to keep your job,
you can set yourself apart from the "pack" by doing each task assigned
the very best you can. The greatest man who ever lived said, "If
someone under authority impresses you into service for a mile, go with
him two miles." If you have a reputation of being a hard worker--one
who will go the extra mile--you will be more likely to keep your job,
even if others may lose theirs.
Fourth, be honest. In a survey of over 1,400 companies, the
majority of employers "ranked honesty and integrity as qualities that
impress them most in job candidates." Of course that would include the
obvious things like not stealing money or materials from the job. But
even more important is not stealing your employer's time. An employment
agency conducted a study that revealed that time theft averaged over
four hours per employee per week. These employees tended to be late,
leave early, and socialized with other employees while they should have
Even if your boss is not looking, chances are someone is, and that
person just might be your next supervisor or a person in a position to
decide if you keep your job. If you have a reputation for working
well--even when not supervised--you are an employee to be trusted, and
one the company will want to keep.
Fifth, be organized. If you are organized and keep your workspace
neat, you are less likely to lose time looking for things you need, or
more importantly the things your employer might need. A neat workspace
is a time saver and saves your company money. And you can be sure
others will notice. Besides, if you organized and know how to quickly
locate things, you will have less stress and enjoy your work more.
Things change quickly. Mergers and mismanagement cause businesses
to close every day. Other companies, due to economic downturns, are
forced to reduce their number of employees either temporarily or
possibly even permanently. Then your employer will be forced to decide
who will go and who will stay. If you have made the above suggestions
your personal habits as an employee, you are more likely to be one of
the ones your employer considers to be a "keeper." When pay increases
are considered, these same habits will bring you more increases than
others with your same job skills.
So, enjoy your work and use it to build a reputation as the one
your employer can always count on to take direction, work well with
others, be organized and not a time-waster. That will make your day at
work much more enjoyable and help you keep your job when others are