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Saving your job from the cost cutter

Published:Wednesday | April 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Employers are now seeking to reduce company expenses by any means possible. If you are interested in keeping your job for the long term, you should not leave yourself to the tender mercies of the chief accountant or human resources manager should your company choose to cut staff to save money.

It is up to you to aggressively, and with wisdom, reduce the risks of losing your post by taking the steps which will ensure that you employer sees you as someone who adds value. There are several steps to be followed to ensure that, on the day you walk through the door, the company or your boss will know it may have lost future income and a valuable team player.

The wise employee will concentrate on making the supervisor look good to the people to whom they are accountable instead of burnishing their own image.

If you are on top of your game — that is, being on-time and on-target on company projects — then credit will flow to your boss and the team.

Anticipate your manager's needs. Be proactive in foreseeing what your employer needs to get the job done on any given day. Discover what he or she needs before they know it, and put it in place.

Try at all times to save money for the company. Do what is needed to improve the bottom line and make the production process more efficient. Even if savings may not be returned in the form of a bonus for this achievement, you may save your job and that of other co-workers as a result.

Be positive in your outlook and actions. While it is good to find the problem, make sure that you are also coming up with solutions, thereby reducing organisational stress.

Highlight achievements over and above the problems which might crop up from time to time. While stumbling blocks may rightly engage your attention during the workday, you should also speak up.

Master planning. Put quality time into planning your work and that of your department so that workflow will proceed smoothly. You will see savings from preplanning, as opposed to wasting time and money, and being reactive when problems occur. Preplanning will also help in making and beating the deadlines you face.

You should also do your best to demonstrate exemplary skills in at least one area. If your existing skills don't match up with the needs of the business then make sure you develop some new ones.

Experts advise that the worker who wants to save his or her job will also get back to the basics of getting to work on time and turning in projects on deadline. It would not hurt as well to put more time into the completion of projects where this is required.

Finally, presenting yourself as confident and competent will help when redundancies are under consideration. Shun the appearance of dead weight. Look alive and be productive and happy.

If all of this does not save you from the redundancy axe, you will at least have fabulous references for the next job when you begin this search.