Why can't I keep my job

Job anxietyWhat you can do to keep your job during a crisis

Forecasts by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy indicate that the number of unemployed will rise by 400,000 to 3.7 million over the course of the year. In 2010 it should be as much as 3.9 million. So the motto is: Now just don't lose your job. While just a few months ago employees were looking to talk to their superiors in order to negotiate their salaries or even to apply to other companies, most of them no longer dare to leave their cover, but are up security thoughtful.

First of all, it should be said: Where heads are rolling in the company as a result of the economic crisis, only those employees have a chance of survival who have to Employees with a profile moult. Those who instead withdraw and try not to attract any further attention and “only” go about their day-to-day business endanger their employment relationship more than ever.

Create personal added value

Instead, ask yourself what your added value for the company and what makes you stand out. Your everyday tasks are usually not, but could just as easily be taken over by colleagues. Much more important in these difficult times is yourself to profile personally.

Especially in times of crisis it is important to find out about your Strengthen to be clear in order to be able to carry this outwards. If you are aware of your market value, you appear more confident in many situations. So ask yourself, "What can I do that my colleagues can't?" This added value, which Not in day-to-day business you have to expand and strengthen.

Stay away from bad talk

Show that even in a crisis you won't let the whole mess with one take your self-confidence away from you positive attitude face it and don't be discouraged. True to the motto "How you call into the forest so it echoes out", you should use positive language in order to identify yourself as Problem solver and not to be positioned as a suspect. There is currently no demand for alarmists. Present yourself as a confident, reliable and optimistic employee. Both colleagues and superiors will credit you for this.

Bad talk doesn't help you in the least! On the contrary: In times of crisis, the successful move closer together and suddenly the keyword "corporate culture" takes on a special status. Important values ​​are now

  • Improvement,
  • Helping each other,
  • Encouragement and encouragement.

Show that you do not become a lone fighter even in times of crisis, only careful to secure your own job, but that you are still at work Common good are interested and make your contribution. The success or failure of a company is decided by the people who stand behind it and who deliver their performance every day. Together we are strong - not a platitude, but the unvarnished truth.

Innovation and individuality

Companies in particular will be successful in the future, now innovative instead of giving up. That means: cheaper, faster, more sustainable and better. As a result, individuals must ask themselves what they can do to work more efficiently and contribute to the success of the company. The specific question is: "What can I do to take an active part in improving the situation?" Get involved and look for solutions instead of stubbornly going about your day-to-day business and just hoping that everything will turn out fine.

A crisis also includes that Review of existing habits and structures. The familiar can provide support and stability, but can also be reconsidered and possibly improved. By asking yourself to do your best and to be reliable, consistent and progressive at the same time, you secure an indispensable position in the company and the best cards for the future. On the other hand, those who only insist on existing knowledge are quickly out of the running.

General soft skills

A term that is currently on everyone's lips and is now likely to have penetrated to the last "Stone Age personnel" is the term of Soft skills. In the past, it was specialist knowledge and know-how that distinguished a capable employee - today these attributes are taken for granted and are a prerequisite for an employment relationship.

They make the difference between "good" and "phenomenal" Key qualifications from: For example, the ability to communicate, cooperate and resolve conflicts. The keywords willingness to learn and change, determination and assertiveness also acquire a completely new meaning in times of crisis.

More than ever, it is important to demonstrate flexibility, to stay on the ball and to overcome resistance. Experience has shown that “headwinds” are always to be expected when a willingness to change is required of people and organizations. In difficult times, a functioning network in particular is worth its weight in gold. A good network gives you security and access to important information.


If you do it well and pull the right strings, the crisis isn't all bad. Show that you can survive in times of crisis. Now is the time To take initiative and to initiate the necessary steps: Through motivation, social competence, openness to new things and active networking, you make yourself essential - also for the time after the crisis.

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