5 ways to increase your job security during the COVID-19 pandemic

29 October 2020

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Original Source: Executive Grapevine


LaTonya Wilkins, an International Coaching Federation-credentialed executive coach, believes there are specific things that everyone can do to ensure that they keep hold of their jobs during a pandemic.

This is despite, as she explains, there being a lot of uncertainty as “the world changes before our eyes”.

In fact, speaking to US jobs and advice site The Muse, she details the steps that all employees can take to ensure they manage to keep hold of employment during this difficult period.

1. Be more RAFT

According to Wilkins, there are a wide variety of skills that companies value most and they spell out an acronym that most should be able to remember. They are: resilience; adaptability; flexibility; and thoughtfulness.

Of these, Wilkins believes Resilience is the most important. She said: “If RAFT is all about keeping the boat moving, resilience is the force that will motivate you to pull on the oars.

“And if you can do all that while also being kind and thoughtful to your manager, teammates, and co-workers across the company, you’ll become known as someone who can take on anything as well as an excellent colleague no one would want to part with.”

2. Become an inventive thinker

It’s not just about flexibility and adaptability though, Wilkins explained. “Bring new ideas to the table to help your company make it through the unforeseen obstacles of the present moment and those still ahead. When entire industries see their way of doing business go out the window, it’s time to rewrite all the playbooks of how things should be done. The only bad idea is not having any at all,” she added.

3. Chase lifelong learning

With the world of work ever changing, even before the pandemic – whether that be new technology or new modes of completing projects – it can be hard to keep up. Yet, Wilkins recommends that during the pandemic it can be good, even for short bursts of time, to focus on skills you may need but haven’t developed yet. It will dovetail with the need to be flexible and adaptable.

“Whatever your situation is, the key is to ‘start with small, focused, and consistent steps’,” Wilkins stated.

4. Complete tasks

Vivian Chen, CEO of Rise, a flexible work platform for women, reveals to The Muse that it is now, more than ever, employers are looking for people who can solve their pain points.

More important than long-term strategising, Chen explains, will be people who can focus on creating a solution – and then executing it.

“In good times, we have the luxury of coming up with a buttoned-up strategic plan with sound timelines; with COVID-19, many of those plans are going out the window,” she added.

5. Remember empathy

Empathy will be important during the pandemic. Not only will it make others feel good about working with you, it will lead to you likely keeping your job.

“Those candidates who bring empathy to their people and clients are the ones who we consistently see rising to the top, and who are, in general, just a real joy to work with,” one commentator told The Muse.

Yet, empathy can be difficult, especially in difficult times and does require additional mental effort. But simple steps can see you become more empathetic and see your colleagues believe in your empathetic skills.

For starters, reach out and ask how your team members are doing. Then actively listen as they share and offer to help in any way that you can. Always open up in return.

Whilst business is in flux during the pandemic, these small steps can see colleagues, managers and leaders begin to see you as a central figure within work – one they couldn’t deal without.

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