This article was originally on GET.com at: Scared Of Being Sacked Or Retrenched? Here Are The 3 Best Ways To Stay Employed
We all know the answer to this don't we, especially in Singapore. With at least 13 jobs whose earnings have taken a hit, it's all the more that people are holding on tight to their jobs (even if they're secretly hating their job). While most people have no problem staying employed, it sure helps to know of some ways you can stay employed so you can continue paying the bills.
Here at GET.com, we've rounded up the 3 best ways to you can stay employed. And we're not talking about keeping up-to-date with current affairs, or constantly upgrading ourselves, or the classic rule of not taking too many MCs.
1. Don't hate the boss (or anyone in the office)
I know this is painstakingly obvious, but yet, so many of you may be guilty of it. Okay, you have to understand that not getting along with your boss or some people is completely normal in the workplace. Sometimes you might even find every little thing that they do to be excruciatingly annoying, that's fine too.
But what you don't want to do is go out of your way to make it known that you don't really like them. I'm not asking you to love them, but I'm saying you should be civil because at the end of the day, these people are also players in the industry that you're working in.
Whether you like it or not, they have the power of word of mouth to either bring you up or tear you down. For all you know, some of them might even have a whole other branch of network and contacts that could help you in your career.
For the sake of that, just don't hate your boss or coworkers and you'll have your seat in the office.
2. Be the best version of yourself and be of value
Being the best version of yourself can be worked to your advantage only if you make it a value-added quality to your boss or your company.
From personal experience, I know saying it is a lot easier than actually doing it, especially if your other colleagues are more outstanding than you, but in the words of John Wooden, "ability can get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there".
Show the people at your workplace and your boss that you are an asset because you're great at being the best version of you.
3. Get out of your current job
I know this sounds confusing and it completely defeats the purpose, but hold up!
See, if you're in a company that's driven by sales profits for example, then look out for the signs.
If you know for a fact that the company is not making as much money as it should, then be smart about it and find a way out and secure yourself with another company before you are being asked to go.
If you're lucky enough to score another job then, that's one way to stay afloat and stay employed.
Of course it's a given that we should upgrade our skills and better ourselves any opportunity we get. In fact, we've actually come up with 7 free online IT courses the could enhance your employability and a list of 7 in-demand skills that will boost your employability in Singapore too.
But even with the stress and pressure from having to keep your job, don't forget to give yourself the light of day and make sure you constantly strive for a work-life balance.
And if you think this is impossible and if you have no idea where to start, we've come up with 12 tips to help you achieve a work-life balance.
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