You may hate your current job, but when the economic climate is not right to begin a job search, you need to consider strategies that will enable you to retain your equilibrium and better position yourself within your organization. In my last post, I mentioned stepping back and taking an emotional audit of your organization and your co-workers, seeing them as objectively as possible. I also suggested taking up meditation, yoga or other body therapies that calm the body-mind and allow you to view your world with greater equanimity.
Today, I suggest you explore how you can provide greater value to your current organization. What are the needs, what are the problems in your organizational unit? Could you sit down and confer with your boss and volunteer to take an additional assignment. Could you write a proposal that would address a recognized problem and submit it to a key decision-maker? Consider reaching out to your co-workers and discussing how collectively you can build teams to work on projects that could impact the organization.
Is this all smoke and mirrors? I think not. Management is most likely to retain and promote employees who are able to diagnose problems, build teams, and develop creative approaches that strengthen the organization. Look deeply inside your organization, be proactive, and position yourself to make a difference.
There are many factors you cannot control when you work for someone else. In these chaotic economic times, many people will undoubtedly lose their jobs. However, what you can control is your attitude and your actions. Follow the strategies we’ve discussed and you will maximize your capacity to retain your job during recessionary times while you plan your next move for when conditions improve.