We analyzed five of the sixteen productivity growth tips that US News & World Report provided about maintaining job security. Although those suggestions missed their mark, we did discover some that could be beneficial—if slightly altered.
Today, we continue our efforts by taking a look at five more ideas that have merit but need to be amended. Below are the tips that are “nearly there” quoted directly from the original article.
We’ve also added our own feedback:
- Give Progress Reports
Make sure your boss knows how hard you are working and what you are working on by giving him or her progress reports on a weekly basis. If your boss has evidence that you are pulling your weight, he or she will be less likely to fire you.
Feedback: Progress reports are a great way to gauge productivity. They can help you keep organized and can provide a team with useful mechanism to passively coordinate work.
However, they should never be used defensively. If you find yourself spending time trying to prove your value rather than being productive, consider looking for a job where you’ll be valued for doing your work.
- Just Say No to Drama
Be sure to avoid drama whenever possible. [Try:] “I’m so sorry, I really have to finish this project. Maybe we can catch up later after work?”
Feedback: While asking your coworker to “catch up later” is a polite response, perhaps it’s best to lead them directly to someone who can actually help (like the HR department.)
In general, though, while you don’t want to engage in drama, you do want to be aware of the issues. For example, if a colleague is experiencing personal loss or crisis, be especially conscientious in your interactions with them.
- Be Aware
Even though you should avoid drama, try to stay informed about what other people are saying about you.
Feedback: Maintaining and improving relationships with coworkers is incredibly important. However, when it comes to your own career and image, do more than “stay informed.” It may be more productive to head directly to the source. Doing so will demonstrate just how diligent you are about establishing positive work relationships.
- Don’t Take Unfair Advantage of Sick Days
Only take a sick or personal day when you absolutely need to do so…Whenever you’re feeling lazy, just remember the countless unemployed people who would love to have your job.
Feedback: While we certainly don’t condone playing hooky, Slaughter Development recognizes that a fried brain can have an impact on your work.
- Show You Are a Leader
If you are on a new project and no one seems to be taking charge, step up and be a leader. They can’t fire you if you’re the point person of an important ongoing project.
Feedback: If it’s within your expertise, sure. Volunteering for a position you are not comfortable handling simply because no one else is stepping up, however, sounds like countercompetence.
If you’re taking on random projects just to make yourself impossible to fire, maybe there’s something fishy about your working environment
- Get Personal
Make sure your boss knows about your family by keeping pictures of them on your desk or bringing them to company parties when appropriate. Also, show an interest in your boss’s family in return. Employers are less likely to fire someone they have a personal relationship with. Just be wary of over sharing. Keep personal conversations light and upbeat.
Feedback: If it is sincere and time appropriate, having a conversation about life outside the office can help create a sense of commonality and break an overly formal barrier. If possible however, be strategic about when this interaction occurs. Personal conversations can become a distraction and leave you scrambling to complete your work.
Stay tuned for our views on the tips that “hit the mark” in regards to usefulness.