In 2008, we saw huge financial crisis taking the breath away from stock market, making hundreds and thousands of people jobless and many more on the brim of a likely lay off. The year 2009 doesn’t look any rosier.
I also come from a similar background and at present many of my colleagues (including me) face the threat for no fault of ours. The fact is the company has to survive and in doing what is right, it will try to retain the most appropriate talents for the right job at the least cost. Slam dunk, isn’t it?!
Here are some warning signals that you might come across
- Your job description shrinks
- Your projects are put on hold
- You seem to find it difficult to get things done
- You have a new boss or there is an organization restructuring
- You are not invited to meetings
- Some official mails didn’t make its way to your mailbox
- Your company is not doing good, financially
- Your company has been blacklisted by some regulators or face several lawsuits
Common knowledge will tell you to keep a low profile and don’t do things that are none of your business. But, is that the answer ?
I have tried to list down a few tips that might come handy.
Don’t panic, have patience
During tough times, quite often you will see that you are not being involved in many meetings nor in any crucial decision making process. Chances are that you are getting a warning signal from the management. My first advice is don’t panic. As long as you have not been told, you are in good books. If you panic, you will tend to do mistakes that you would not have wanted to do. Patience is a great virtue and these are the times that you would need the most.
Speak to your manager
If you think you might have been left out of the meeting, you have a right to know why you have been treated so. Chances are that, it was just a passing mistake. Speak to your manager and get it resolved. Always remember, if there is a bad news that you are expecting, it is always better to hear it upfront rather than having to wait till the last moment.
Don’t keep a low profile
Whenever there are tough times, there is usually a temptation to keep low. That is a grave mistake. If you keep yourself low, it might be difficult for you to get up and walk. Always be active and keep yourself ready for anything that comes your way. Be active in meetings, express your opinions but don’t go overboard.
Keep the communication open
During these tough times, your boss is your best friend. Try to be in his good books, keep all lines of communication open and be open for suggestions.
Never play politics
This is the last thing you want to do in the office. If your seniors get an iota of clue that you are playing politics, then you will definitely be one of the firsts on your way out. This is not the time for dirty games or one upmanship.
Do the right thing
All of the above points to one simple adage called Doing The Right Thing. If you know what you are doing is right, as per you by all means go ahead. If there is an iota of doubt, take a second opinion. Remember -life is all about doing the right things at the right time at the right place. If you are clear on this, then you half of your job is done.
Be on the look out
When you know that a storm is on the anvil, look for shelter. If your company is not doing financially well to sustain itself, signals are ripe enough to take a look at a switch over to one who can afford you. Be on the lookout for a new job, a new opportunity. Mostly during tough times, it might be extremely difficult to get a job and it could take anywhere between three months to six months or may be a year of persuasion. Hence start the hunt as soon as you get your warning signal.
As Barack Obama rightly said
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
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