Saturday, December 20, 2008

Is the Writing on the Wall?

The first step to getting over the emotion of job loss is to take ownership of your part in it. You might be saying to yourself “ I don’t have any control over company takeovers or change of ownership!” Maybe not, but you do have control over your life and where you chose to work. Remember, you are there by choice and everything you do, every job you take, every move you make is a result of a decision you made. So if the axe falls, and your neck is in the way, take a long hard look at what was going on in your world at the time. Did an evaluation come and go without anyone saying anything? Has management seemed uninterested about projects you are working on or other events in the work place? Does morale seem low? These can be signs something is immanent. Nobody likes to think about the prospect of their job being eliminated, so we often ignore the signs.

When economies are tight, downsizing can occur and people can loose jobs through no fault of their own. Now more than ever it is important to pay attention to what is going on around you, continually build your network, keep those skills updated and watch for the signs.

Your comments are welcome.

Glen Slingerland


At January 12, 2009 at 9:27 AM , Blogger Grandcherokee said...

Well put! That is what happened to me. My ex-boss had a way of looking right through you as if you were not there. Written proposals for improvements in the workplace were excepted, but never even acknowledged, let alone ever discussed. Training dates were set back on successive occasions. In other words, your opinions, and your very presence most probably considered an affront on the managers sense of authority. Team player means, shut up and do only what you are told to do. Initiative is not welcomed nor asked for. I was very serious about earning my pay and doing a good job in finding ways to perform the work more efficiently and to improve the company's bottom line. But it was looked upon as threatening to a chosen few at the workplace. So my days were numbered! I just could not...or chose see it!


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