⏳When it originally aired, I had checked out of the series around season 5 or 6, as military moves, work, babies, and life pulled me away from the weekly drama. I remember shedding tears after every episode. Happy. Sad. Traumatized. Elated. This show will take you through all the emotions in 45 minutes. After being back in the throws of life and death, the importance of saying ‘I love you’, and the unpredictability of this crazy world, I see the ‘message’, the life parallels, and the ‘just trying to do your best each day’ in each episode. 👀There are hiring and firings on Grey’s Anatomy (like in real life), as the actors come and go. In the real world, for the most part, physicians, doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals have fairly good job security. It’s been a heck of a couple of years though.
❤ I applaud and appreciate all our front-line workers! And if anything, returning to watching this show has given me an even deeper appreciation for their daily grind.
🔓For those of us not in those types of jobs, job security is not always so evident. There is/was the Great Resignation and now there are the Large-Scale Unexpected Layoffs, coupled with Inflation and a potential Recession (depending on where you get your news from).
🔒So what can you do to Enhance YOUR Job Security? Whether going to a brick-and-mortar office building or to your work from home office, improving your job security is a real thing.
⭐⭐Here are 8 Strategies to consider when demonstrating your commitment and value to your company. Right. Now.
1. Start cross-training. Proactively take on projects in other areas of the business or help out in high-volume areas where an extra pair of hands is needed. Benefit: Learn new skills and demonstrate your ‘team’ spirit.
2. Think outside your box. Identify opportunities: Is there an area of the business you would like to learn more about? Benefit: Take this opportunity to learn more about the functions and roles in your company – and become more valuable!
3. Be innovative. COVID-19 has presented companies with a wide-range of new challenges. Do you have new ideas for processes, communication, or safety? Benefit: Become knowns as a contributor. Speak up and be ready to take on the leg work.
4. Solve Problems: Is there a problem hanging out there that has been identified and still not solved? Put on your thinking cap and brainstorm ideas to contribute. Benefit: Demonstrates your investment to the success of the company.
5. Improve something. Have you complained about a process, lack-of-process or instructions at your company? Re-write the process, create an instruction manual. Benefit: Demonstrates investment and, also identifies you as an ‘action-taker’.
6. Be willing to work outside of your job description, if asked. Take on smaller tasks such as helping with virtual meetings, interfacing with clients or customers, or coordinating a project. Benefit: Team player anyone?
7. Be punctual and attentive: Integrity is huge part of hiring managers feeling confident about employees that are working from home. Benefit: Your supervisor doesn’t give a second thought to your work ethic.
8. Do your job and do it well. Enough said.
While you always want to be working on your job security, improving your performance, and striving for your personal best, don’t have tunnel vision. Keep your peripheral vision sharp and look around to see what is going on in your industry.
What does the long-range big picture look like for your position and your company? When you keep your finger on the pulse of your career industry, the efforts you put forth towards your own career security will only enhance your value.