No matter your job or your industry, this year is a challenge for employment. In 2008, 48% of employers laid people off, according to a Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) survey cited at CNNmoney.com.
This number is anticipated to rise in 2009 and the job market is not expected to recover until 2011, according to Challenger Gray & Christmas, a Chicago-based outplacement firm.
These odds are not in your favor, but you can increase your chances of keeping your job by increasing your value to your company. Let's face it, companies do not lay off their best employees unless the employee works in a non-critical position or the company is suffering near death throes.
But, you need to have a strategy about how to keep your job. I've listed a few in my newest poll and highlighted ten strategies in How to Keep Your Job. What's your strategy for staying employed in the current economic climate? You do have a strategy - don't you? Please take a look at what others have said and respond in What's Your Strategy for Keeping Your Job?
Quote of the Week - More Quotes
Dane, a reader who works in the pharmacy industry, writes to us to share these words for trying times: "I believe the anonymous author who wrote the Serenity Prayer was a little vague
intentionally. The ideals Serenity, Courage and Wisdom are much too precise to be
paired with the ambiguous word, things. Things such as doors, rocks, fences have
never caused the disruption in my life that people have.
"When I learned to name the
specific thing I had to accept, that I can change, then and only then, was I blessed
with the needed Serenity, Courage and Wisdom. I enjoy my journey through life more when I
am not creating my own hardships."
"God grant me the Serenity to accept the
people I cannot change, the Courage to change the one person I can - myself - and
the Wisdom to know if it is my problem or their problem."
Please vote in my poll and respond in "comments."