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Rather than worrying about your chances of losing your job, take deliberate action to make yourself more important to your boss and company. Here are five tips to help you position yourself as a valued employee and improve your chances of keeping your job.
  1. Stay under the radar. Don't allow stress and uncertainty to cause you to slack off or slow down your productivity. Be a "low maintenance" employee. Stay on top of your tasks, show up on time, limit your time off, maintain good relationships with your coworkers, and pitch in wherever you are needed.
  2. Make yourself an asset, not a liability. What is your most valuable asset? Is it your positive attitude? Your ability to juggle multiple projects? Or, does your customer service skills set you apart? During hard times, your company will want to retain its most valuable players. Therefore, leverage your assets to create more value for your company.
  3. Don't be a complainer. Office gossip, constant complaining, and a negative outlook draws too much attention to yourself, especially in today's stressful economy. Remember the adage, "If you can't say anything positive, you shouldn't say anything at all." In fact, only break the silence when you can improve upon it.
  4. Learn something new. Stay current on your skills and industry knowledge. Find inexpensive ways to improve your job skills when training budgets are tight: read books, try online learning, or hang out with people who know more than you do about a specific topic.
  5. Make a connection with your boss. Managers will tell you that layoffs and staff reductions are never easy, and even more difficult when they like you and know you as a real person. So, connect with your boss on a personal level. Engage in small talk; talk interests, goals, hobbies that you have in common; share photos of the kids; compliment and make the boss look good. CAUTION: Don't confuse being likable with sucking up or brown-nosing; otherwise, your boss will think you're a joke and your coworkers will despise you.

Everyone is replaceable, but not everyone is replaced. There are steps you can take to strengthen your chances of staying employed. Mainly, you want to do your best to add value to the organization, be a team player, and build a rapport with your boss.


Cassandra Washington is a career coach who inspires clients to take action toward their career goals. She is a veteran trainer and author of the e-book, "Destination Success," providing tips for driving your career in the right direction. Where is your career headed? Visit to download your copy of this motivational e-book and read helpful posts for moving your career forward.
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