How To Avoid Getting Laid Off From Your Job

Yesterday i blogged about How to Survive being laid off from work, and one of my readers asked if i had any advice to offer on ways to ensure that you are not laid off in the first place. With Major companies like Microsoft, Walmart and JP Morgan all restructuring and laying off employees this year, no one is safe, despite the upturn in economic conditions. With this in mind, here are list of strategies to avoid getting laid off from your job :

How To Avoid Getting Laid Off From Your Job
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Top 10 Ways To Survive A Downsizing

The recent news of  job cuts at Walmart Canada, Symantec and JP Morgan is a stark reminder that these are still tough times and that it’s not unusual for a downsizing to occur in many organizations.Cost pressures, lack of profitability, competitiveness issues, and organizations restructurings happen every single day and impacts thousands of people. And while this may sound harsh, your position is not exempt from this ax.

Top 10 Ways To Survive A Downsizing

Losing your job in a downsizing can be a traumatic experience.If the ax does drop on you, you’re likely to feel angry, discouraged and disoriented.And while these emotions are natural, it’s important that you don’t stay in that place for long.

You need to realize that losing your job is just like any loss — and like any loss , your body and your emotions need some time to adjust to this new type of change that you have just experienced.

It’s important that you take time to work through your thoughts and feeling and then get back on track quickly.

If you have already lost your job or you are about to lose it, here are the Top 10 Ways To Survive A Downsizing : 

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How to Squash Negative Thought Patterns

Suppose you have the bad habit of dwelling too much on the same negative thoughts.  And suppose there’s no outward physical manifestation associated to them.  It’s just negative thinking, like “I’m so depressed” or “I hate my job” or “I can’t do this” or “I hate being fat.”  How do you break a bad habit when it’s entirely in your mind?

Squash Negative Thought Patterns

There are actually quite a number of ways to decondition a negative thought pattern.  The basic idea is to replace the old pattern with a new one.  Mentally resisting the negative thought will usually backfire — you’ll simply reinforce it and make it even worse.  The more you fire those neurons in the same way, the stronger the pattern becomes.

Here’s a little method I use to break negative thought patterns.  It’s basically something I concocted from a combination of the swish pattern from NLP and a memory technique known as chaining.  I usually find the swish pattern alone to be weak and ineffective, but this method works very well for me.

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Creating Inspiration

If you do any creative work, I’m sure you’ve experienced this dilemma: Should you ever work when you aren’t inspired, or should you wait for inspiration?

Creating Inspiration

I’ve had to face this situation many times, whether it involved designing a new marketing campaign or writing an original blog entry. Sometimes inspiration strikes me at the most inopportune times, like at 3am while lying in bed, but if I’m smart enough to take advantage of it, I can crank out volumes of productive work in a short period of time. Those experiences often feel timeless and transcendent, as if I’ve been tapped on the shoulder by some higher creative power. But other times as I sit at my computer, I feel empty, distracted, or uninspired, and if I tried to push through it, I’m still be able to get some work done, but I won’t produce solutions and ideas that are nearly as elegant or brilliant as the inspired work. Sound familiar?

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Productivity 101

Last night I shared some productivity tips with my Toastmasters club, so I thought it would be a good idea to share those tips with you as well.

Productivity 101

These tips are not complicated, but they’ve proven very effective for myself and countless others. You’ve probably heard these before, so if that’s the case, consider this a refresher/reminder to put these ideas into practice today.

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