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Job Security Secret: Be a Wise Cost Cutter

Published on May 11th, 2016 by Alan L. Sklover

Secrets of Job Security

Secret of Job Security #14:

Here’s a simple way to enhance your job security: Become known as a “Wise Cost-Cutter,” and you will likely be viewed as a “keeper,” that is, “someone to keep around.”

These days, more than any I remember, managements of every company and organization are intensely aware of the old adage “A penny saved is a penny earned.”

Put into management “lingo,” even if you can’t improve your top line growth, you nevertheless can improve your ultimate bottom line through what these days we commonly refer to as “cost efficiencies.”

One of my clients recently shared with me a lesson she learned accidentally that I’d like to share with you. While waiting in an airport lounge, she overheard someone sitting nearby talking about saving a lot of money by sending FedEx and UPS packages by “two-day delivery” service instead of “overnight delivery,” for two reasons. First, most overnight deliveries don’t really, truly, absolutely have to be there the next day. Second, in most metropolitan areas, packages sent by “two-day delivery” are, in fact, usually delivered the next morning.

When she mentioned that to her manager, he suggested they give it a try for a month, and calculate the resultant cost savings, if any. The small experiment yielded a very significant cost savings. Her manager then reported the cost savings “up the chain of authority,” which, in turn, made him appear in a most positive light. It sure didn’t hurt my client’s relation with her manager, but rather made her in his eyes as a “true keeper,” the best definition there is of a person with enhanced job security.

This particular cost-savings idea was the best kind, as it (a) did not inconvenience anyone, (b) did not pose a challenge to anyone’s self-interest, and (c) did not invite any kind of office-politics, intrigue or competition. It was simple, cost-efficient, and a win-win-win, except of course for the local FedEx and UPS offices. A casual mention of a wise cost-savings idea turned into a net positive for my client’s perception of value to her manager, and to his managers, and so increased job security for her.

Over time, she became known as someone who keeps an eye on costs, yet avoids battles that some cost-saving measures might entail. For her, it became sort of a fun game, not a constant preoccupation, but something akin to solving a complex crossword puzzle.

What is job security? It is a realistic degree of confidence that, if and when jobs are being reduced or eliminated, your job will be a degree safer than your colleagues’ jobs. Thus, if and when you depart your job, it will more likely to be on timing, terms and tone that are in your financial and career interests, and not against them.

Consider the wisdom, effectiveness and fun of identifying, assessing and suggesting a simple cost-saving measure every now and then. Enhanced job security is almost always sure to follow.

© 2016 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved. Commercial Use Strictly Prohibited

Job Security Secret: Volunteer for an Extra Duty

Published on September 25th, 2015 by Alan L. Sklover

Secrets of Job Security

 Secret of Job Security #26:

Every once in a while, take an extra step to show you really are “On the Team.”

Everyone is supposed to do his or her job. And everyone is supposed to arrive on time and stay the full day or shift.

But no one is expected to volunteer to serve on a Committee, be a mentor to a new hires, or contribute to – or even help run – the firm’s annual charity fund. Such extra effort is unusual, but noticed, and a great source of job security.

Every now and then, exert an extra effort. Fulfill a special need. If you do, you will quickly attain “special value” status: someone who is surely “On the Team.”

A client of mine, who holds a finance position in a small company, asked the Chief Operating Officer if any assistance might be needed to run an off-site conference, even though (a) his job had nothing to do with the conference, and (b) it was taking place on his day off.

My client thought it might be a good learning experience, and an in-house networking opportunity, as well. He helped out, his doing so impressed the heck out of his management, and unquestionably elevated his job security.

When you are someone who shows he or she is “On the Team,” your perceived value increases multifold, as did his. If at some later date decisions are being made about “who stays, who goes” you are a “keeper.”

Job Security – confidence that your job transitions, if any, will be at your choice and upon your timing – is created, elevated and cemented in such ways.

It is at the same time quite obvious, and a true secret, too.

© 2015 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved. Commercial Use Strictly Prohibited

Job Security Secret: Learn the Basics of a Customer Language

Published on April 17th, 2011 by Alan L Sklover

 Secret of Job Security #187:

Learn even the basics of a Language that Customers speak, that very few, if any, Colleagues understand.

You will quickly attain “special value” status.

© 2011 Alan L. Sklover All Rights Reserved. Commercial Use Prohibited.

Alan L. Sklover

Alan L. Sklover

Employment Attorney
and Career Strategist
for over 35 years

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