Wednesday, January 28, 2009

KEEP Your job . . . Guaranteed!

By l.t. Dravis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday, January 28, 2009 – Your job is not about your boss or about your co-workers or even about you; your job is about money . . . all about money.

So, I won’t waste your time by advising you to ‘chat-up’ the boss. I won’t tell you to avoid ‘telecommuting’ because it’s easier to fire someone by Email than in person. I won’t tell you to promote yourself by sending your boss Email summaries of what you’re doing. And, I sure as heck won’t tell you to ‘make nice’ with co-workers and management.

The way to keep your job when others lose theirs is to generate more in profits than the company spends to keep you on the payroll.

Your job security also depends on your company’s ability to survive, so you need to look for ways to improve productivity in all departments.

Productivity is defined by how well you, your colleagues, and management utilize capital, equipment, facilities, markets, processes, and technologies to create, design, produce, and deliver the products and/or services your company sells.

No matter where you work or what you do, review every aspect of your job to determine where, when, and how you can improve productivity.

If you handle accounts receivables, find new, reliable, cost-effective, methods to speed up billings and collections.

If you have a clerical position, create new, less costly ways to store, retrieve, and utilize information to speed up and improve communications with suppliers, vendors, customers, and prospects.

If your job is in logistics (warehousing, transportation, maintenance, etc.), evaluate every cost item in the process by which your company receives raw materials, maintains equipment and tools, and packages, ships or delivers products and services.

If you work in manufacturing, production, or assembly, become proficient in six sigma-type techniques to improve quality, reduce costs, and cut lead times.

No matter what your job is, no matter who you work for, take responsibility for rooting out wasted time and effort. While you’re at it, meet regularly with colleagues to brainstorm ways you can work together to increase productivity throughout the company.

Remember to coordinate everything you do with appropriate managers so you don’t work at cross-purposes.

Moreover, set a good example for your colleagues . . . when you get to work, get to work . . . never cut corners on quality or delivery . . . and, most important, always put customers first!

There’s nothing more than common sense here . . . but now you have it all on one piece of paper.

Nice, huh?

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If you have questions, comments, or concerns, Email me at (goes right to my desk) and since I personally answer every Email, I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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