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Secure job even in times of crisis: 12 tips against anxiety and stress

The bad news first: No job is really safe. Globalization, downsizing, digitization, climate change - there are many crises that threaten jobs. But the constant turning in the hamster wheel is the wrong way.

Hamster Wheel of Job Fear or New Productivity?

Job anxiety is particularly prevalent in times of crisis and many employees worry about how safe their job is. Quite a few then even make double efforts to keep their job. But there are better ways to secure jobs than working until you drop.

Because there is no question that the pressure under which employees can often find themselves unleash unimagined productive forces. Nevertheless, it is of little use in the long term to always give 110 percent. Job anxiety can lead to better results in the short term. But those who are constantly under pressure only overwhelm themselves and lose motivation for their work due to the stress.

Beware of the fallacy: more work does not mean more performance

The result: Even if you continue to try to force yourself to perform at your best, it will hardly work because you have long since resigned internally. And the likelihood of making mistakes also increases over time, because increased stress leads to inattention.

Another problem: many people equate more work with better performance. However, this is a mistake with serious consequences: because those who are under pressure, paradoxically, often fill their time with blind actionism such as telephone calls, playing around on the computer or carrying documents back and forth.

The fear of the big mistake

Behind this is the fear of making a mistake in the really important tasks that could cost you your job. That's why people like to postpone important things and decisions until it's too late. However, this behavior is not very productive and will certainly not be applauded by the boss either.

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After all, many employees who dutifully try to please their boss are also not aware of the signal they are sending out with it: Because anyone who declares himself ready for all tasks out of fear for the job is only demonstrating that he is does not consider himself competent enough. Even stress and hectic pace hardly seem confident. Studies also show that a certain level of calm is definitely more professional.

12 tips for securing jobs in a crisis

Instead of working until you drop, you should stick to the following strategies to secure your job permanently.

  1. Productivity instead of actionism: It doesn't matter how long you work, but that you do the right thing. So set priorities and, above all, do the important tasks instead of worrying about the little things. Those who work in an organized way can also score points with the boss.
  2. Dealing with mistakes constructively: Don't be angry about mistakes, but think about what you could do better next time. This also shows bosses and colleagues that you are ready to learn from your mistakes. That looks sovereign.
  3. Being nice to others - good for networking: Stress makes you unkind to coworkers. But when your own job is on the brink, a stable network in the company and good contact with colleagues can tip the scales.
  4. Communication is everything: Stay up to date on what's in Company happens: talk to colleagues in the hallway, in the canteen, at the copier. Participate in the small talk, but never in the gossip! This way you stay up to date and are perceived positively.
  5. Increase awareness in the company: Studies show: When it comes to job success, only 10% depends on performance, but 60% depends on the boss perceiving you positively. So instead of taking on the mountain of work in the office, you should speak up more often in meetings, declare yourself ready for presentations and otherwise do public relations work on your own behalf. That works wonders.
  6. Solve problems: Show initiative, make decisions, and solve problems. Of course, this only works if you don't fearfully postpone it, but tackle things vigorously.
  7. Know what your boss wants: Read what your boss wants before he even says it. For example, by also paying attention to the small subordinate clauses such as “Actually, I would like to ..”. This shows that you are particularly committed.
  8. Score with competence: Good employees are less likely to be laid off because the company considers them irreplaceable. You should therefore regularly demonstrate your skills.
  9. Stay consistent: Research shows: Anyone who does everything the boss wants is quickly perceived as someone who is desperate and ready for anything. If, on the other hand, you consistently say “no” and justify that with good arguments, you are signaling your competence.
  10. Stay calm: Even those who are constantly stressed do not seem confident but rather fearful. And if you are afraid, your boss suspects that you have a lack of competence. So serenity is only good for the job.
  11. Switch off the worries: Worrying about your job all the time is understandable, but it is of little use, because if you ponder too long, you turn small problems into catastrophes unnecessarily. Better: just switch off from time to time. This also makes you look more relaxed on the outside.
  12. Think optimistically: Don't always assume what bad could happen, because fear deprives you of any motivation. Better: if you see things positively, then approach the tasks with corresponding enthusiasm.

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