THE current economic crunch means each one of us lucky to have a job must really show we value it.

For example, South Africa’s formal sector shed 15 000 jobs just in the first quarter of this year.

Average earnings are going down while the unemployment rate remains shockingly high.

In such tough economic times, businesses and organisations tend to respond by downsizing to reduce their salary bills. So how do you make sure your name doesn’t end up on the retrenchment list?

 Kay Vittee, CEO of Quest Staffing Solutions, says you will stand a better chance of not losing either if you’re viewed as indispensable.

Here are a few pointers Vittee gives to help you hold on to your job:

Be a team player

Always try to bring positive energy to the workplace. If you are not able to bring out the best in others, your boss may decide to replace you with someone who can.

Perform every task to the best of your abilities

When you’re given a task, try to deliver it as best as you can. It’s often tempting to complete tasks with the least amount of effort just to take it off your to-do list. However, you never know who is watching.

Learn from the best and get a mentor

In most organisations, there are top workers who everyone turns to for advice. They’re the ones who always get things done and meet client deadlines. These individuals enjoy greater job stability and are likely to earn a solid salary.

Upgrade your skills

Identify and excel in areas where others seem to fall short. Make note of these areas and develop additional skills.


One of the most fundamental things individuals can do to help themselves is to network. Networking ensures that you stay in the loop and are visible, which in turn will make you more memorable and valuable.

Never abuse your sick leave

It’s fine and acceptable to use your sick leave when you’re sick, but dependable and reliable presence in the workplace is a huge benefit for your long term job security.

Be a leader when it’s needed

Be the person who helps people out when they’re under pressure, “dropping balls” or going through a work crisis. Most companies don’t pay overtime, but this should not discourage you from setting a good example. In time, you’ll find that people will simply come to you by default.