Despite predictions of economic recovery, unemployment was 9% for April 2011. The total jobs gained were 244,000. In the private sector, 268,000 jobs were gained but government jobs dropped by 24,000.
Yet, my mail box is still filled with PR pitches telling me that up to 75% of employees are planning to leave their current employer when the economy improves. For now though, I'd advise employers to develop and add in employee retention strategies before the predicted exodus begins. The employees you will lose, without these strategies, will be your best and most skilled, with the hardest to replace skill sets.
I'd advise employees to hold on to the job that you have until you have another job in hand. When McDonalds went on the hiring spree in mid-April, the most striking component of their recruiting, was that they had so many high quality candidates that they hired more people than they had predicted.
This means that a portion, perhaps a large portion, of the 62,000 people hired are way under employed for their skills and experience. This is not good.
If you are an employee, your focus should remain on keeping your current 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.
How to Keep Your Job
But, you need to have a strategy about how to keep your job. I've listed a few in my 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 respond in "comments" or take a look at what others have said, and share your strategy.
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