Unless you’ve been hibernating for the past few years, you know about the global recession that’s running our economy ragged. And with a recession comes job loss. Read any news service or flip on your TV and you’ll be sure to hear about the tremendous number of jobs that have been shed thus far during this economic downturn… and what’s worse is that most experts agree that more job losses are still to come. You’ve probably seen it (or worse yet, lived it) in your current position; which leads me to wonder: can we make ourselves recession proof?
I read an article in the Toronto Star a while back that provided some pointers on how to make yourself invaluable. It was an interesting read, but I’m not sure how much stock I would put into the piece. I mean, really… is anyone irreplaceable? I’m going to have to go with Beyonce on this one.
My thought is that developing skills beyond your traditional skill set will definitely make you a more valuable asset for your organization. As will the ability to play nicely with others. The bottomline is to recognize the most important factor in today’s economy… the bottomline. If you can demonstrate that your contributions positively affect this bottomline, then you’ll be just fine… hopefully.