Companies Choose Congenial Colleagues
According to a recent Harvard Business Review article, your best line of defense against layoffs may be a positive attitude. The article’s authors, Janet Banks and Diane Coutu, write that “while everyone prefers working with a personable superstar to an incompetent jerk, when people need help getting a job done, they’ll chose a congenial colleague over one who is more capable but less lovable.” When it comes time to make the hard decisions about who stays and who goes, managers are likely to axe the people who are most unpleasant to work with, regardless of how much talent or skill they have to offer.
“Don’t be the person who’s always in a bad mood. Who wants to be in the trenches with them?”
Positivity is Your Priority
Certainly, there’s more to positivity than simply being cheerful. It also requires optimism, forward thinking, and a willingness to work hard and take on new responsibilities. Layoffs, the article’s authors note, can occur at any level of a company and “can create vacuums above and below you.” Workers who are able to fill those vacuums and pick up the slack will be as close to indispensable as anyone can be in this uncertain economy. “Prove your value to the firm by showing your relevance to the work at hand, which may have shifted since the economy softened.”
In any business, particularly one as service-oriented as the Copier Channel, concentrating on what’s best for the customers will never steer you wrong, say Banks and Coutu.
“Anticipating the needs of your customers…should be your top priority. Your job is less likely to be eliminated if customers find that your contribution is indispensable.”
Nice Guys Finish First
To put it more simply, just do like your mother told you, and treat everyone—your customers, your coworkers, and your bosses—the way you’d want to be treated. In times like these, nice guys finish first.
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