What keeps you employed is your continued involvement in a situation where you are making a meaningful contribution to the accomplishment of the goals of an organization and enjoying going to work every day and being appreciated for your contribution. It all starts with getting to know yourself and what motivates you and brings out the best in you.
Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
Ken recommends the following next steps:
1. Understanding the Business Interests of your employer
2. Finding Challenging Situations and solutions to address them, which aligns with the business interests of your company
3. Understanding the company's, employees', shareholders' and customers' interests and aligning your thoughts along with them
4. Always staying focused and keeping the positive mindset
2. Challenging : Enthusiasm to work in new projects
3. Happy to help attitude if time permits
4. Love for what you do , basically without this first 3 might be difficult.
5. Communication : How open you're about your progress, what you don't like in something. Be assertive, neither meek nor aggressive.
Thanks for your good question...I would say there are several factors that go into "keeping a job" or staying employed. The first one that comes to mind is ATTITUDE about your position. A positive attitude can go a long way to keeping your job. I tell my bosses all the time "I LOVE MY JOB!" and that is true. I've been with my company for 35 years, so it must have had some impact to my long employment with this company. The second factor would be to WORK HARD and don't be afraid to offer help to your co-workers. Be a TEAM PLAYER and show the Company you want to give back to them. This should help you keep your position and climb the ladder to even further success.
Take Interest: Take an interest in your work. Try to learn how your area of work fits in with the total workstream. Get to know other people on your team and what they do. Also learn what the people or teams upstream and downstream from you do and how your area is linked to them. Know the company, department, and team goals. Set goals for yourself (personal and with your leader) that will help you improve each year.
A "know-it-all" is not pleasant to work with and often lacks the attributes needed to do a job well and work well independently and corporately. Ask questions. Take notes. Listen to others who know more than you. Admit when you've made a mistake. Leaders need to know the people they are bringing onto their teams or on their project workgroups are less concerned with looking like they know everything and more concerned with learning and performing the job well.
Situations often change at a job at the drop of a hat. Learn to be one of the people your leader can rely on to be a part of the solution, not part of the faction that's always complaining. Learn how to shift work priorities, and to see the situation from a higher perspective, not just how a shift in direction is going to affect you. Don't be afraid to offer suggestions (but don't get offended if your ideas aren't used at that time). Being flexible means being a team player to get the job done and being one of your leader's go-to people to help out in a jam. This type of attribute gets noticed.
Stay on Task:
Your leader depends on you to stay organized, report challenges about your task early on (not a few days before the deadline), work with others (even the difficult people), follow up with those you need information from, go the extra mile to ensure your work is accurate, and meet deadlines. If your work is due but you have a bunch of excuses as to why it's not done, it's like you're campaigning to be let go. One of your personal work goals should be to never make yourself look bad and to not make your boss or your boss's boss look bad due to unacceptable work behavior. Own your work; don't allow distracting people or situations within your control stop you from doing that.
Fully understand your leader's expectations. Ask questions. If you don't understand a directive, ASK QUESTIONS! Better to have clarity than to waste time doing something wrong. Good communication skills is key. If you have concerns about your work, approach the leader to whom you report (supervisor, team lead, director). Good communication is only about broadcasting; it's also about tuning in. Learn how to be a good listener.
Work Well With Others:
Be the person who offers to help your teammates when they are struggling to make a deadline or if your leader asks you to assist. Not only does this help the other person but it helps you learn more about what that person does. There's nothing more frustrating for a leader than having a team that doesn't get along and is not willing to compromise. Not only is this unproductive , but it creates a toxic work environment for the team. Go to a teammate if you think you both need to have a conversation to help clear the air and get you both back on the same page. Difficult people have a reputation for being difficult.
Sometimes, even though you've done all you can to be an asset to your company, things like reorganization, changing company goals, and corporate redirection can negatively affect your employment. Know that if this happens to you, it's not personal. Don't let a layoff or forced resignation cause you to doubt yourself or your abilities. Learn from the experience and move on without bitterness.
Emily recommends the following next steps:
Emily recommends the following next steps:
The most important thing is to do your work genuinely. Another aspect is to get along with your boss and as well as the colleagues. The last thing that you should consider is not to avoid any work and tasks. With these things, i am pretty sure, you will stay employed 😊
From the perspective of what you can do to "keep" your job - It would really all depend on how much effort and ability you bring to the table. If you can be a team player and contribute to the growth and development of your industry with a positive attitude, it will show your value.
From the perspective of what personally drives you to work - I can say being at a job that values you as an employee and puts in the effort to encourage your growth and development is amazing. In turn it produces happy worker's who want to ensure the success continues and work towards making that possible.