Dear HR Professional:
What do the terms "downsizing", "restructuring" and "budget constraints" mean to you and your career? At the simplest level, it means your company will be looking at everyone in the organization and the order will come down for you to "Keep your keepers, lose your losers." You've heard that advice countless times. And good times or bad, it's always easier said than done.
The first question that a lot of managers ask is "How do I really identify who my keepers are?" Is it about personality? Attitude? Skills? Track record? Work ethic? Willingness to adapt to change?
A few years ago, a great book came out with a ton of original research by Connie Podesta and Jean Gatz on this very question. The title was "How to Be the Person Successful Companies Fight to Keep." You know what they found out after interviewing almost 2,000 managers, executives, business owners, and HR professionals? It all boils down to 9 key things...
Do you know what today's organizations are asking - even demanding - of management and support staff at every level? In research for their book, Jean and Connie wanted to find out so they asked one question:
"Suppose you have two employees who are both technically competent. But you can only keep one of them. How do you decide which one stays and which one goes? Which one would you fight to keep?"
All of these decision-makers were in remarkable agreement on the high performance behaviors employees must demonstrate to bring added value to the organization and remain employable and marketable. Everyone must find ways to demonstrate that their jobs – and the way they DO their jobs – are linked to their organization's Number One Goal: to earn a profit.
Here are the 9 keys to becoming the kind of employee companies will fight to keep. These employees consistently:
- Take charge of their careers and understand there are no guarantees
- Bring balance to their personal and professional lives
- Have a positive impact on coworkers, customers and the bottom line
- Bring a positive and proactive attitude to work
- Increase productivity without compromising quality or service
- Demonstrate value added
- Communicate openly, honestly and directly to build a climate of trust
- Commit to life long learning to stay ahead of the curve
- Maintain personal accountability for their contribution to the bottom line