With so much uncertainty out there at the moment and all of our lives being turned upside down, we know that there are many people who are worried about their jobs and whether or not they will even have a job in the coming weeks.
With this, today I wanted to share with you some tips and things to consider if you are fearing that you may be affected by lay-offs at your work.
Keep focused on your work.
This is not the time to be going through the motions or embroiling yourself in company gossip. If you have moved to a work from home set-up, make sure you are still being as productive as ever. Now is not the time to be baking bread in the middle of the day.
You will want to ensure that you are delivering quality work. Further, if you see an opportunity to elevate the amount of value you bring to your employers, now is the time to do just that. You need to think, are there any initiatives that you can take, that can help increase revenue for your firm, or any problems you foresee that may come up with a file, which you can possibly get in front of? If you do take on added work though, MAKE SURE that it does not take away from your main work, and that it will NOT cost your employer extra money.
In doing all of this, it is also important to make sure that your hard work does not go unnoticed – make sure you mention what you have completed and accomplished. You may not be the “braggy” type, but in situations like this, now is the time to vocally hammer home your value and your efficiency to your employer.
Prepare yourself mentally for the worst-case scenario.
These are challenging times for everyone, and the reality is, you may be affected by a lay-off. Don’t hide from this. Know that it may be a possibility and prepare accordingly. Control what you can at work, such as your performance, while also preparing what you can for the worst-case situation.
What does this preparation look like?
It means updating your LinkedIn profile, re-connecting with other professionals in your line of work – this may be people you previously worked with or people you have never met before, but who work in your industry in your city. Speak with industry professionals such as recruiters to see what is happening in the market. What would your plan of attack be? If you have an opportunity to upgrade any of your skills at this time, that will help you in your line of work, do it.
If you do find yourself in this situation, hopefully these tips will help. Thanks for reading! If you have any questions around this or any other job searching or interview topics, be sure to contact us.
Happy Job Hunting and Good Luck!