Situation – when employees are told to leave

Mr.R is standing at the coffee machine at work for his morning cup of coffee and a colleague comes up and says that their colleagues are getting fired and it has already started in marketing and they are saying ‘it is going to hit all the departments one by one’. This does not come as a total surprise to Mr.R as he has seen the signs already. There have been budget cuts, travel cutbacks, projects have been cancelled, managers have handed in resignations, temps and contractors have been terminated, there have been reductions in support staff, downsizing is rampant. Times are tough, the economy is not doing too well, firms are simply not seeing the kind of profits they were seeing a couple of years ago. Just last week Mr.R found out that his friends entire team was ‘let go’, his friend included. He has now a sour taste in the back of his mouth, and it is not the milk they are using for the coffee. He can’t afford to lose this job, he likes this job. God knows it is going to be difficult to get another one given the circumstances in today’s job market. Then again, Mr.R is good at what he does. Mr.R is smart, hardworking, and earned this job and is going to keep it. Never forget they hired Mr.R because they need Mr.R’s skills. So how do Mr.R ensure that his job isn’t on the chopping block? Start with the intangibles.

Have a Positive Attitude:
Nobody wants to work with somebody who is on a constant downer. Exhibit optimism and team spirit, a go getter attitude and all that stuff Mr.R went on so enthusiastically about when they interviewed Mr.R for this post. Bottom line is ‘Stay positive, Act positive, speak positive, and think positive’. Do not complain, whine or bitch about Mr.R’s about his job or Mr.R’s pay. If Mr.R is going to be banging drums, they had better be drums of hard work. Remember, there is a long line of people waiting at the door, CVs ready, to snatch up any opening that is available. Most importantly Mr.R must never ever say negative things about his job, profile, timings, workload, colleagues or any other aspect of his job to, or within earshot of, his boss. When making suggestions or bringing up matters that requires attention be neutral at worst and helpful and proactive whenever possible. Avoid venting frustrations and blaming ones colleagues.

Never Lose Self Esteem:
If Mr.R feels the sudden urge to build a bond with Mr.R’s boss, make it as genuine a bond as possible. Taking up smoking so Mr.R can accompany the higher-ups on their smoke breaks is not only unhealthy, it also means Mr.R is working less-not the kind of thing Mr.R wants to be doing. If Mr.R can start taking fewer breaks and the next time a senior walks past Mr.R’s desk at lunch time, Mr.R is going to be so immersed in work that Mr.R won’t even notice them. Noticing Mr.R’s dedication to the task at hand senior will take note of this wgich is good for the career of Mr.R in the organization. Genuine hard work will go a long way. Come in early and leave late. Do not do the other way round. Mr.R wants to be at work, at his desk, before the boss walks in, so that he can see Mr.R at the desk, and again showing no signs of leaving, as they are walking out. That being said, do not stretch tasks that were supposed to be finished and handed in yesterday.

Be Smart:
It is vital that Mr.R keeps abreast of current events, among other things he needs to know include changes in the economy that are going to affect the industry he works in. So Mr.R must read and be aware of what’s going on in the economic and industrial world today. This knowledge will be useful for him when he takes part in office. Even with all this performance and results count and if ones contribution is quality