The Zoomer Report: Recession-proof your job

The economic downturn is making many of us question how safe our jobs are. So here are some tips on how to make your job recession-proof.

Some employers will cut staff and almost all will change how they relate to staff. After years of tolerating less-than-ideal behaviour from employees, because of the labour crunch, businesses will likely demand better performance.

That means they won’t put up with long personal calls, or surfing Facebook and watching YouTube on the job. So ditch the slacker habits if you have them.

When the time comes for businesses to take stock of their employees, the high performers easily stand out.

First, experts say Ditching the modesty is a good start. Let the bosses know about the value that you bring to the table.

It’s important to cover your bases even if you feel you’re already a top performer. This means taking initiative and thinking of ways to help the company’s operations during tough economic times.

Taking courses or training can also help the company and illustrate your commitment to staying at the top of your game.

Your attitude is critical during this time, and it’s important not to let others make you feel fearful or anxious because this will ultimately affect your work performance.

Experts also advise that employees should resist jumping ship now because of the possibility of the company failing later on. But if you are concerned that your employer may not make it, it isn’t a bad idea to polish your resume and focus on networking.

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About The Zoomer Report

Libby ZnaimerLibby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.

Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.

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