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January 05, 2009

12 Steps to Job Security

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12 Steps to Job Security

By Monterey County Harold

Twelve-step programs aren't just for battling addiction. Employment attorney Richard C. Busse, author of "Fired, Laid-Off or Forced Out," says that to avoid the heartbreak of being sacked there are 12 steps you can follow to build up currency in the workplace.

12 Step - Suggestions for building workplace power:

1) Learn to like the people you work with. Look for things you can respect in your co-workers. You don't want to send signals that you don't like them, because they're not going to like you either. And that vibe will surely get around.

2) Communicate often with your supervisor. Let your boss know you understand both your role and his -- he's more likely to think of you as an employee who "gets it."

3) Never turn down an invitation. If you're asked to join your boss or co-workers at a social event, don't skip it. These are good networking opportunities, and you won't send any signals that you're "too good" to socialize with the group.

4) Do not be afraid to socialize with your boss. Consider buying him or her lunch, unless, says Busse, "your boss would be offended by that gesture."

5) Socialize with your co-workers . Of course, you don't want to seem like a brown-noser and engender irritation, so include your colleagues in such events.

6) Make your co-workers feel good about themselves. Appreciate the work your colleagues do, and praise them publicly.

7) Do not forget who brought you to the dance. If you were recruited by a specific employee or hiring manager, make sure he or she always knows you are grateful.

8) Never violate a confidence. People gossip in the workplace, but aim to make yourself known as the person people can trust. Your value will skyrocket.

9) Never refuse an assignment if you can help it. Even if it's not in your job description, it never hurts to help out when you can.

10) Know your supervisor's expectations. You are responsible for your work, and it is your job to understand what your boss wants from you. Get confirmation on assignments when you receive a new one.

11) Never speak ill of the company. Even though your office may not be perfect, you don't want to be the person bad-mouthing the company, or you risk having your comments parroted back to you.

12) If you are unhappy, do not broadcast it at work. If you're looking for another job, don't make it public knowledge that you're not satisfied. Keep it confidential. You don't want "to make your job search a full-time proposition," says Busse.

If you already incorporate these steps into your work life, there's a good chance your job is secure. If not, make sure to follow the 12 step suggestions above.

If you feel your job is not secure, consider conducting a confidential job search to explore new job and career opportunities. Get the competitive edge you need to beat your competition and stay on top of industry trends. Reach out to your network, let people know you are looking, and keep your feelers out for new job and networking opportunities.

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