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Protecting Your Job

 

Copyright August 23, 2003 3:30 AM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti

Reviewed By Dr. Edward Johnson

 

Updated January 15, 2011 1:30 AM CST

Copyright January 15, 2011 1:30 AM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti

Reviewed By Dr. Edward Johnson

 

 

 

 

PROTECTING YOUR JOB

 

 

·        Before you arrive at work, ask God to help you at work.

·        Trust God at work.

·        Things to keep in the back of your mind while at work:

o       In our time, work is WARFARE.

o       Work is a place to be on guard.

o       Your co-workers may be friendly but they are not necessarily your friends.

o       Being friendly is not the same as being a friend.  Being friendly is acting like you are a friend.

o       Most work friends will not stick by you in all situations.

o       Most work friends will protect their job at the expense of yours.

o       There are people who will lie to you with a straight face.

o       You must know more than your profession, you most also know the product or service that your company provides.  Knowing about the product or service that your company provides is just as important as knowing your profession.

o       In our times, it has become a part of business philosophy everywhere to eventually replace all employees.  The day a person is hired, their company is already planning on how to replace them.  THEREFORE, YOU HAVE TWO GOALS:  1) to last as long as possible at your company.  Do not plan on lasting at your company for the rest of your life.  2) To be looking for your next job.  Never reveal the fact to anyone that you are always looking for your next job.

o       Companies do not care about your age if you are better than everyone else at what you do for the company.

·        Regard everyone at work as a work friend unless and until they prove that they are a work rival.

·        Never reveal who your work friends and your work rivals are, not even to your work friends.

·        Identify potential work friends.

·        Identify potential work rivals.

·        If your company will benefit only if you help a work rival, help them.

·        Help your work friends more than your work rivals.

·        Be friendly with everyone at work, even your work rivals.

·        Never complain.

·        Save your company money but you must then show your company that you have saved them money.

·        Never criticize anyone or anything, even things that have nothing to do with work.

·        Don’t listen to people criticize anyone.  If someone begins criticizing another person, say “the last person that criticized someone at my last job got fired.”  If they then say “well, let me just tell you this,” say “the second person that got fired at my last job was the one who listened to the person who criticized.”

·        Seek to be better than anyone else at the kind of work you do.

·        Share no more than 10% of your professional knowledge with your fellow employees.  The one who knows more keeps their job longer.

·        If you aren’t healthy, get healthy.  See Health.htm.

·        Act healthy whether or not you are healthy.

·        Keep your conversation to a minimum.

·        Talk about how great you think the company is.

·        Be neat.

·        Be clean.  Shower every day before work.

·        Wear clean clothes.

·        If you can, wear different clothes every day.

·        Wear subdued colors.  Red is not a subdued color.

·        Be sure there is nothing distracting about your outward appearance.

·        Do not use profanity.

·        Do not use obscene language.

·        Don’t listen to obscene jokes.  If someone begins telling an obscene joke, say “the last person that told an obscene joke at my last job got fired.”  If they then say “well, let me just tell you this,” say, “the second person that go fired at my last job was the one who listened to the person who told the obscene joke.”

·        Men, wear a suit if you have an office job.  If you don’t have a suit, wear a white or light-colored, single-colored shirt with a plain tie.

·        Women, wear business attire.

·        Many companies today require that everyone dress casual but don’t act like that is the case until you are told so.

·        Women, if you use perfume, use only a hint of it.

·        Men, if you use cologne, use only a hint of it.

·        Men, don’t wear long hair.