Hello SOTGC community,
They say “The Great Recession” officially lasted from December 2007 to June 2009, but it seems longer. “The Great Recession” eliminated more than eight million jobs. Today many of us are still reeling from this recession and fear for the security of our jobs. The economic picture is brightening, yet we need to ensure we remember the lessons we learned from “The Great Recession.”
Let’s start with three ways to manage through any economy:
1. Delivering results is a must! Just because you work hard doesn’t mean you’ll keep your job. Companies are results-driven more than ever. They require employees to bring focus and drive to their work. It’s not enough to come to the table with experience and to work long hours unless both result in contributions that directly affect the bottom line and the company’s goals.
2. Keep learning! Your role can be obsolete tomorrow. Most companies are reorganizing and rightsizing constantly. Roles are being redefined and new skills are required for a marketplace that is in constant flux. It’s important to keep your skills sharpened and to ask for opportunities that move you toward the most progressive or revenue-based areas of your company’s business. You may find you need to reinvent what you do and what you bring to the table; if not for this company, for the next one.
3. Know what’s important to your company and its market. It’s easy to concentrate on the work at hand, but it’s important to know the company’s business and the vision the company is driving toward. By knowing the business, you can contribute greatly because you understand how your role connects where the company needs to go.
If you’re now asking, “How do I start?” start with a conversation with your manager–because your manager determines if you’re meeting or exceeding the performance standards required by your company. Continue to have monthly conversations with your manager, and be prepared to discuss your results-oriented performance. Also, remember to recommend ideas for skill development on the job. By taking these key actions, you’ll always be prepared to succeed in any economy.
Here’s to your success!