Keeping The Job You Have
Updated: Apr 21
Are you that person that typically has no problem getting a job, but you have trouble keeping it; or maybe you’re in a job that you feel stuck in or you feel as though you really just want to walk away? Well take a look at these seven tips of how to keep your job that are sometimes overlooked.
Try and Make the Job Work. Is there anything you could be doing differently to make the job work? Could you ask for a transfer or a shift change? Is there anything that would make a difference and convince you to stay?
Work Hard. Most employers don't mind a little time spent on Facebook or texting, but do focus on your job and give your employer the time you're getting paid for. When it comes to making lay-off decisions, and the company has to choose, your employer will keep the most productive employees. Make sure you’re one of them.
If spending too much time on Facebook is your main vice, make it more difficult to visit the website by installing a Facebook blocker in your browser. Both Google Chrome and Apple offer a couple that are highly effective in keeping your Facebook time in check.
Be Flexible. Flexibility can be a key component of hanging on to your job. When your company needs someone to change shifts, work weekends, put in some overtime, or take on new tasks, consider volunteering if your personal schedule permits.
Don't Complain. Nobody likes complainers, regardless of how legitimate the complaints are. If you don't like your job, know that there are plenty of other people who would jump at the chance to get it. One way to stop complaining is to practice gratefulness by saying, “I get” to do something, instead of “I have” to do something. By changing one word, you will immediately start to see the glass half full!
There are some cases when it does make sense to speak up. If for example, you are being discriminated against or harassed by a co-worker, then it is important that you have a formal meeting with someone from HR.
Offer to Help. One of the best ways to get (or keep) job security is to volunteer for new initiatives, to offer to help with projects, and to take on more responsibility. Doing so will also benefit you – the more you take on tasks outside of your comfort zone, the more you will learn and grow.
Keep Social Media and Work Separate. Even if you hate your job, keep it to yourself or your trustworthy family and friends. Don't post your discontent on social media, because chances are, the wrong person will see it. That, in and of itself, can cost you your job.
Suck it Up. Maybe it's not your favorite job. Maybe you'd rather be doing something else. However, it is a paycheck and if you need the income, it can make sense to stay until you secure a new position. Also spend some time considering whether it's more than the job that's the problem - perhaps your career is in the need of a makeover.