Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Job Security - What is that?

Within the past several years, job security has become something obsolete, no doubt it. Down-sizing, outsourcing, cost-cutting, layoff, no matter what you call it, it amounts to the same thing: unemployment. After being saved from four previous layoffs, I will now be a casualty and I have to admit, I am looking forward to it. It may sound strange to some, but I really am.

In the past, companies made you feel like you needed them and sure we need to earn a paycheck to pay our bills, but if we think about it long enough, it really is the other way around. That's how we need to view ourselves. We offer a need, a service, whether we're the best secretary, IT professional, painter, car salesman, janitor, garbage collector, whatever our occupation is, we're good at what we do and if our existing employer, for whatever reason cannot see our value, our worth, then it's their lose and someone else's gain. And we can't forget that we do have value.

Let's be honest with ourselves. We can take our skills and find another job. Yes, it may be harder than we think, but it doesn't have to be. Who says that job security has to last 15, 20 years? If we have the attitude that even if our job lasts one month (say, if we were a contractor/temp employee) then fine, we're secure in that particular job for that month and we're going to do the best we can while we're there.

Our occupations are physical, but it's also mental and emotional . It's how we think and view things and attitude plays a very big part in that. A job, any job, is what you make it. It doesn't make you.

No comments: