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Make yourself layoff-proof

Scared of losing your job? Snap out of it!

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In our lunchroom, the topic of layoffs comes up a lot. My employees read about companies like Amazon.com and Lucent Technologies letting thousands of people go, and they get nervous. They have a “that could be me” look in their eyes.

I want them a little worried.

People who think they’re entitled to their jobs don’t belong here. Sure, I’ll level with employees and show them our latest financial statements. But I also encourage them to think like free agents. I want them to quit if I fail to keep them challenged or to compensate them fairly.

Control your destiny

I want workers who think of ways to make themselves valuable. By contributing to the bottom line, they not only safeguard their jobs but rack up influence and promotions.

Think how you spend your time. Do you bellyache about your employer’s failings and fret about how ‘the idiots at the top’ are making mistakes? Or do you master new technologies, study for a degree or...(register to read more)

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