Is there really a sure fire way to protect your job?  Well as we have all seen with this economy the blunt answer is no.  However, there is a way you can ensure the greatest success for you and it is more in your control than you think.

So how can you ensure your success?

Well, a recent study of over 2000 employees and 800 managers across four generational categories – Gen Y, Gen X, Baby Boomers and Matures show that the key to success lies in your outlook. Not the Microsoft kind of Outlook but rather your own personal outlook and attitude.

Eight out of 10 employees attribute their ability to stay motivated and focused is due to their positive attitude.  They found that their ability to stay focused and positive has allowed them to find new avenues of growth in their company.

Today companies are placing a higher emphasis on communication and accountability.  So here are some ways you can shift your outlook or further develop your positive attitude to make you a more valuable asset at work.

  1. Look for additional responsibilities you can take on.  There is an enormous difference in how you are seen as a team player when you seek out new responsibilities versus when you accept new responsibilities asked of you. The latter is passive while the former is strategic.  You want to be seen as strategic.
  2. Look for collaborative opportunities.  It is becoming more and more important to be innovative and collaborative.  Look for ways you can stretch and intertwine two or more teams together on a project.
  3. Work to put yourself out of a job.  I know that one seems ridiculous but I will tell you in 20 years of working with top level executives I have found that the people who are continually systematizing their job, shortening processes and making their position “irrelevant” are exactly the people who become relevant to the organization.  They see you as efficient, effective and completely relevant.


Look around and see what you can do to improve even one small process or to even eliminate it in the next 30 days.  Once you have accomplished that, pick another one.  Each time you become more efficient share what you did, how you did it and what the impact has been.  People will notice.

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