How To Recession Proof Your Job

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(the following is a summary of the HBR article "How to Protect Your Job in a Recession" by Janet Banks and Diane Coutu)

  • Lighten up. People prefer working with those who are easy to get along with, even over colleagues who are more capable but less friendly.
  • Look forward to a brighter future. Anticipate a state where things will improve.
  • Anticipate customer needs, both internally and externally. Make your contribution indispensable.
  • Become ambidextrous. Volunteer to take on more responsibilities.
  • Offer solutions to corporate leaders. Show why your department matters. Showing empathy for a leader improves your chances of keeping your job.
  • Unite and inspire colleagues. Revive spirits, get people talking to each other, have fun.
  • Become a good corporate citizen. Show up at the informal meetings you're used to skipping. Participate.
  • Get your ducks in a row. Revise your resume now. Make a list of contacts. Think creatively about your future. Make a Plan B that is better than your Plan A.


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