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Whistle While You Work: How To Keep Your Job in 2011

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

Everyone I speak to has a tale of woe when it comes to work and most, despite complaining about their jobs, fear losing them. And, according to new statistics the projections of a slightly revitalized economy has done little to alleviate the existing unemployment.

In fact, expert suggest that those who have a job look at it as the best Christmas/holiday present they could get this year, as many have lost and continue to lose theirs. They add that it's also a good idea to keep in mind, that especially in this volatile economy you and your position are not indispensable.

Experts also advise making some new, New Year's resolutions when it comes to work that will help you hold on to your job and to a steady paycheck.

Among the tips, things you should have been doing all along including: showing up on time, dressing and acting accordingly, following company rules and policy, doing your job well, and preferably ahead of schedule, and being a team player.

However, going above and beyond will be essential in 2011 if you want to keep working and that includes the following:

* Flexibility: It's best to get rid of a 9-5 mentality or the notion that you will have one job that you're responsible for. 2011 will offer workers the opportunity to work more hours and wear more hats and to do it willingly and with a positive attitude.

* Positive Attitude: Now more than ever you'll want your superiors and the boss to know that you're a team player and that you "do what you have to do" without complaining. Remember, a bad attitude was never a good quality...but now more than ever your disposition is key.

*Ask questions: Make sure you understand what your position is and what is expected of you. Keep in mind that most employees fail to perform up to par because they really don't understand what the boss wants or expects...at least not entirely.

* Look and learn: Don't just get comfortable in doing your job and doing it well. Instead learn about the various jobs that are essential to making the company run and get to know how to do some of those too. The more you can do and do effectively and efficiently the more valuable you are to the company. So, you may even think about getting some after-hours continuing education or training in these areas.

* Look ahead: Keep track of what your company is predicting for the upcoming year and what they are doing. If they are making cutbacks you may want to be a bit more cautious and prepared....but if they are hiring and expanding, you may want to make mental note of the potential stability and continued work...but above all be prepared no matter what...and "just in case".

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