How To Make Sure You Won't Be Laid Off: 5 Tips

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Unemployment is slowly declining, but many employers are still downsizing. Just last week Sony announced it was restructuring and letting go of 2,000 workers.

How can you make sure that you're not laid off? If you make sure to demonstrate your value, you can increase the odds that your job won't be eliminated. Here are 5 tips:

1. Focus on a mission-critical area.

Evaluate your skill set and concentrate on what makes you valuable to the company's mission, and make sure that you do significant work in that area. Become the go-to person in a particular area so that you're relied upon as an expert.

2. Be positive.

Once rumors circulate that there will be a downsizing, employee morale plummets. Vent at home, but stay upbeat with colleagues. Management knows that negativity is toxic and will be less inclined to keep on the person who is viewed as stirring the pot.

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3. Communicate good news.

If your boss doesn't know what you do well, chances are, he or she won't be able to tell someone else why you shouldn't be let go. Consider sending a monthly email with your achievements, goals met or solutions provided. Anonymity is dangerous -- be seen, heard, and speak up so others know what you are accomplishing.

4. Show an extraordinary work ethic.

Get into the office on time (or early) and don't be the first to leave. I'm not just suggesting facetime; productivity is what counts. Use your time wisely; ask for new assignments and go way beyond your job description.

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5. Develop strong relationships with colleagues with influence.

Everyone needs a sponsor, someone who is willing to put his or her reputation on the line to advance your career in the company. Seek out colleagues who will recognize your promotability and commitment to the organization. You can't sign up for a sponsor -- that relationship happens organically, but you can position yourself wisely to volunteer for projects with influential players and grow a mentorship into a sponsorship by earning their respect.

6. Network.

Consider where you want to go next, and develop relationships.

Many layoffs are simply based on budgets. The reality is, if you take all of these steps, you'll have built a strong reputation -- and the contacts -- that will enable you to have a soft landing and move to a new job.

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The only way to guarantee you don't get taken is to come returning your repay to your company. Oh, and create sure you don't effectively efficiently successfully pass the age of 40. Been there, had that occur.

February 04 2014 at 5:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Caroline Dowd-Higgins needs a large dose of reality and a very high colonic. If the company you work for decides to lay you off, there's not one thing you can do about it.

October 29 2012 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can't get laid off. I own the companies.

October 28 2012 at 12:10 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
get real

Long story short.... what this article basically said, repeatedly, in several different ways, is KISS BUTT. KISS BUTT. KISS BUTT!!! Thats all that counts. Period. Dont be productive, creative, proactive, punctual, or work hard. It doesnt matter. Smile a lot. Be popular in the workplace. And play a lot of golf with the old man!!! Period. I have killed myself being the hardest worker at every job. It has gotten me no-effing-where!!!! I always end up doing my job, as well as everyone elses while they sit around having playtime..... It gets you no where. SO.. HAVE FUN , SMILE, DONT WORK, AND BLOW THE BOSS. THATS THE AMERICAN WAY!!!

October 27 2012 at 9:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How to Make Sure You're Not Laid Off
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October 27 2012 at 5:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ectullis's comment
get real are so precious!!! Effin idiot....Romney will outsource all the jobs overseas, and you will be his lawn boy or his valet. You freaks just dont get it do ya?

October 27 2012 at 9:56 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to get real's comment

It's been happening under this President as well. Just pay attention to everything around you, not just the "big news networks"....My particular company has opened 3 facilities in China alone in the past 4 years. One in the U.A.E as well. It's far easier to do so overseas than in America for multiple reasons and that is very very sad. is also reality. So are the layoffs, "rolling" layoffs, TLO's, temporary plant closures, etc. We were just confirmed that we would have a week of layoff in early January and other measures are being looked at. Sales are extremely slow. The "orders" board for our product would normally have all of Jan and Feb of next year completely full so our assembly build and work schedule would be completely planned. Not this time, they have brought orders that were slotted for those months forward to Nov and Dec of THIS year just so we could keep the assembly line running. Now, the Jan and Feb orders are not "back filling" like expected......Customers are not buying.

October 27 2012 at 11:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

The only way to insure you don't get laid off is to rebate your pay back to your employer. Oh, and make sure you don't pass the age of forty. Been there, had that happen.

October 27 2012 at 10:41 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ncinkman's comment

One way not to get laid off is work for a small business. When a business only has 4 employees if they lay off one they have lost 25% of their work force. The down side of working for a small business is no health insurance, no benefits and no future

October 27 2012 at 3:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to xraybrain's comment

I worked for a small company, was laid off in July.

October 27 2012 at 5:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
Gina Covello

I don't think this should be titled, "How to Make Sure You Don't Get Laid Off." There is no certainty. It should be titled, "How to Make Yourself a Valuable Employee," or, "How to Minimize Your Chances of Getting Laid Off."

October 26 2012 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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