Monday, November 5, 2012, AM | 3 Comments
Layoffs are hard on everyone, but you and your team could grow stronger despite budget cutbacks. What if you are one of the better performers, but your project is on the verge of cancellation? What can you do to keep your job or better yet keep the project alive?
Every cut hurts, not just because of the loss of headcount, talent, and skills, but also because each lost staff member means lost expertise in your firm’s custom systems and adopted commercial technologies.
Are you one of the employees that the company would let go but would feel sorry about later because of your high skill and talent?
In a situation like this, the better employees leave the company on their own and what is left is a not-so-talented group of workers that probably have nowhere else to go.
But you are a high performer, highly skilled and talented. You have decided to stay with the company and keep your project alive.
With a tighter budget and a narrowed set of projects, your highest priority is to ensure that those projects come in on time and under budget.
That means that you need to be at your best and highly motivated and working hard, with the equipment and tools necessary to be as productive as possible.
In all this, remember that you have to convince senior managers that they need you to complete new projects down the road and support existing ones.
Few things destroy morale and productivity more than the threat of pending layoffs in the near future. The uncertainty of knowing whether you have a job or not seriously undermines productivity. So keep your morale high and find ways to work harder or better yet work smarter.
In the name of “economy”, the organization gives little or no notice to those being laid off, and few if any services in helping them to find jobs elsewhere. The result is almost always anger, suspicion, and distrust among those who remain behind.
If you did get laid off eventually, no matter how much you tried to stay, when you go to an interview, never talk about your previous employer negatively. Always talk about your projects how well you accomplished to finish them and maintain them.
In a Nutshell
Even if you tried much to stay with the company, the inevitable may happen. Just be your best at your present place of work and be positive about your previous employer when you go into an interview.