Does job security exist these days? No, it does not. That may come as a shock to some of you, so we will go through this slowly. OK, repeat after me “There is no such thing as job security”. Now take a deep breath and we’ll jump into what can be a scary topic for a lot of us. (Oh, make sure you let out that deep breath and are breathing normally again!)
If you are looking to your company to provide you with job security, I have two words for you-grow up! It’s not going to happen and the sooner you accept that fact, the sooner you can get busy creating your OWN job security instead of expecting someone to take care of you. In today’s workplace, the only true job security consists of the skill sets you develop and carry with you from job to job.
So, how do you create you own job security? You do it by adding value to everything you do. You may be thinking “Well, I show up every day and do everything I am supposed to. That’s enough, right?” No, it’s not enough! If you are only doing exactly what you are asked to and nothing else, you are basically just a worker bee. And while organizations may need worker bees, understand that you are basically interchangeable with every other worker bee and therefore your value is limited. If you want to rise above that level and start adding value and creating job security, here are some tips to help you.
Start creating value by anticipating questions which have not been asked. If you are tasked with creating a report, instead of just completing the task, try to anticipate the questions your customer may have once they have read it. Then, take things a step further by doing a little additional work or research. When you deliver your final product, you will be more polished, prepared and knowledgeable. Instead of just delivering a report, you have become a knowledge resource. Congratulations! You have just added value!
Another key area where you can add value is to actively seek out solutions or create process improvement without being asked. Instead of just waiting to be asked, step back and look at your job, your department, and your company. Are there areas where efficiencies can be gained? Is there an opportunity for improvement? Identify these areas and propose solutions. It’s not necessarily important that all of your suggestions are implemented. The key here is that you are proving that you are taking the initiative to seek out solutions and are therefore adding value.
If you do just the two things listed above, you will already have added value. But don’t stop there! Companies today need to be lean, agile and efficient. They hired you to achieve results, not to just show up and collect a paycheck. Start thinking about ways you can contribute to your company’s success and your success will surely follow.