Many people I know (I could have said all people, but not so fast) think that they will keep their jobs till they WANT to. Sorry, we are a young country, and there will be pressure from the younger people wanting your job. They are likely to have more energy and face it, the world likes young people.
Remember even if you are in your 30’s, one day you will be in your 50’s. And that is not far away from a RETIREMENT CORPUS point of view. It takes time to build the NEST EGG – the importance of ‘n’ in the compound interest formula.
Let us see whether your company needs you:
1. You are in sales and you bring 10% of the company’s revenue: Take a bow! If your company does not want you, do not worry, your competitor wants you. Okay you do not bring in 10% of the company’s revenue, but you are the RAINMAKER – the customer deals only with you and you have the executing ability – like consulting, merchant banking, or training. Sure, your company needs you.
2. You are invited to the strategic meetings of the company: You company has sensible / senseless meetings on things like strategy. You get invited and your views are sought. You still are wanted.
3. Your boss knows what you like to do, gives you that work, and gets busy removing the bottlenecks: Brilliant. Not only are you important, but also you are working on a project you like, for which resources are made available, and there is visibility.
4. You are allowed to poach: When you need resources you are allowed to steal from other projects. Nobody in the company complains working for your projects, your project is thought to be the next star (or even better a star which will become a cash cow!). HR does murmur but beyond that you are allowed to do what you want. A sure sign that you are MOST WANTED, go and enjoy yourself!
5. You are on your boss’s speed dial and your boss is ALWAYS available to you on all devices, and multiple times a day. Good sign that you are doing something important, and critical.
6. Your salary is above market rates, you are sure that you and the critical people in your team will get above average hikes. You know you can push the management to match a leaving person’s aspiration, so that the team stays intact.
7. Your assistant just turned down an offer of a 30% hike in salary because he/she thought your project is awesome: Somehow the kids get to know what is happening before the older people. The turning down is a very important source of information for you!
maybe there are more? can anyone fill me in please? This is all that I could think of….
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