Dear Suri, There are some changes taking place at my work, and I’m not sure if I should be concerned or not. A few people have already been let go, but my manager says those were “isolated incidents,” and that “no one should be concerned” about losing their jobs.
My friends say I should feel ‘safe,’ because I’ve been there for three years, and just got a raise. But I know that things aren’t always what they seem.
I just had an evaluation, and my objectives for this year are basically the same, just on a ‘higher level.’ When my boss said this, it made me think of Tetris: the shapes might remain constant, but everything speeds up so fast that if you’re not careful, you will soon get squashed.
The problem is, now that’s all I can think of! I am so stressed every morning before going to work, and every night I just know that I’m going to be called into the office the next day, to be canned. I just know it!
What do you think I should do? — Herbert in Highlands, TX
Dear Herbert, It is an unfortunate fact that we live in an age where economic uncertainty and a dwindling loyalty (from both employers and workers alike!) has become the norm. However, the importance of hard work and determination remains.
There is also something to be said for the notion that people have the power to “will” themselves into outcomes that may run counter to what may have come to pass, had a certain situation been allowed to naturally progress. This is, of course, impossible to prove.
So, it may be best for you to simply continue doing the very best you can do, plus a bit more. This is what has earned you repeated anniversaries with the company, plus the increased salary you’ve mentioned.
At the same time, however, you may wish to ‘keep your eyes open’ to other opportunities for which you may be a good fit. ~Suri
by Suri Syrtauwnya
Residential Life Magazine