Disclaimer: This article comes from a place of love—tough love. It is inspired by lessons I learned from my grandfather and the rocky road of our current employment landscape.
My grandfather is one of the biggest influences in my life. He is a car salesman, and he is naturally great at influencing and connecting with people. He has continued to be one of the most in-demand car salesmen in my hometown. I have never witnessed him fear termination from any employer, so I have taken notes over the years.
One of the biggest lessons he taught me in relation to my work and career: “Become such an asset to your company that it would really hurt for you to leave.” This is not a revolutionary concept, but many people don't go into their jobs with this mentality. Ask yourself: Could anyone come in here and do my job as well as me with a little training?
“Become such an asset to your company that it would really hurt for you to leave.”
Almost every day, I hear about layoffs. I see it in the news. I work with clients who have been laid off. And I have seen it in my own organizations.
From the recent graduates who just started their jobs to the veteran employees with only a few years from retirement, it seems that nobody is safe. However, I have found several things in common between those who are often laid off and those who aren’t.
TOUGH LOVE WARNING ⚠️: For those professionals who are a little bit older or dealing with difficult personal lives, you cannot get comfortable! Older professionals are getting laid off more often now because hungry, young professionals are ready to grind and take their place. They are usually much cheaper too. This is especially important for older professionals because it can be very difficult for you to find meaningful, decent-paying work with only a few years until retirement. It can also pose challenges for those with families and stressful lives at home. Losing a job in the midst of an already stressful life can be detrimental. I empathize, but money does not. Employers don’t have the time to constantly motivate unproductive and tired employees.