Who’s the number one threat to your job security?

In advice, article on September 16, 2008 at 3:21 pm

YOU ARE. That’s because for the most part, you’re getting along by going along, not thinking much about your job security at all.  In fact, you’re probably just thinking about your plans for the weekend or maybe where you’re going for lunch today. Unless you’ve been called into to your boss’s office a bunch of times to get chewed out or you’ve heard a rumor of big layoffs, you don’t think of yourself in any danger. Most people don’t.

The government just reported that more than 85,000 jobs were lost last month and many thousands more than they thought were lost in the two previous months. So the fact is every single person within the sound of my voice is layoff-bait. That means you.

So what are you waiting for? Get to work improving your relationship with your boss. It’s your job to make the relationship work, not hers. And if she doesn’t know you and like you, you’re easy to fire. So if she likes dogs and you’ve got one, make sure she knows it. Follow her lead in personal style and in how you interact with others—be a bit of a Mini-Me.  And learn how to communicate with her in a way that suits her and makes you look your best. Because if you don’t have a regular course of communication with your boss that’s effective for both of you, you’re just a body in a chair with a giant bull’s-eye on your back.

  1. What do you do when your boss is a moron? Especially if the boss’s surperiors think he or she is a moron?

    Also, how do you balance pleasing your boss with the need to get your work done?

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