Job security is not a constant. – This is not a good thing.
For years I thought job security was uncontrollable that every occupation had a permanent level of job security. Obviously that is not true, but that’s actually a great thing. Now, Wiki says job security is dependent on economy, prevailing business conditions, and the individuals personal skills. How wrong are they!
- Job security is not dependent on economy, economy is dependent on job security.
- Job security is not dependent on prevailing business conditions, prevailing business conditions are dependent on job security.
- Job security is not dependent on the individuals personal skills, job security IS the individuals personal skill.
Let me share a personal story, story of missing out on $1,520 but getting $2,560 in the end.
I have worked as a Data Entry Clerk and got paid $9.50 an hour for 40 hours a week. There was a large set of online forms that needed to be entered into the database. Rather then spending 4 weeks entering each record individually into the database, I spent an hour and a half working on downloading the file and exporting it to an access document and from there, reformatting it to fit the excel spreadsheet where I was to enter the data. In essence, I got paid $14.50 for the hour and a half I spent reconfiguring the files instead of taking four weeks to enter the data manually which would have made me $1,520. Some would think I am senile for destroying my job security.
Why did I say I got $2,560 in the end? Because that is what I will make in four weeks with my new raise.
Bringing You Into The Light
Working smart and job security go hand in hand.
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Now, I have quickly learned that working smart always creates greater benefits than working hard. In fact, working hard can actually cause damage. For example, you can try and carry 5 bags of mulch from the front yard to the back and pull a muscle in your back. Or you can put the 5 bags in a wheel barrel and roll it casually to the backyard.
1. Well, since you pulled your back, you can’t even bend down to spread the mulch across the garden. Job security gone…and your wife is upset.
2. Well, since you were smart and used the wheel barrel, you had enough energy to spread the mulch before your wife got home. Job security and your wife’s happiness, granted.
Analogy: Apply it to your job!
Spreading mulch is = to your daily work.
Your wife’s happiness is = to your pay check.
Work Smart > Work Hard
If There Is One Thing I Hate
It’s being told to slow down and I get told it at work all the time. It’s not because I am too fast that I screw up, I tell everyone that I have one pace and it’s called “quality” and I am damn good at it. They tell me to slow down because all their lives they thought job security meant always having something on the to-do list. Like Wiki, how wrong are they!
I said job security is the individuals skill. The economy, business success, and everything else to do with career and money is dependent on this skill because this skill says everything about a persons character, integrity, work-ethic, attitude, and every other quality that defines a successful person.
If a person can turn a 4 week task into one hour, I’ll hire them and give them a permanent position with a lot more money. If there is a boss who doesn’t do that, clearly that workplace is not for them. Which leads me to the last factor of job security. When you get tasks done far before the deadline, when you deliver greater quality than is expected and when you have a positive attitude about it, what you thought you lost out on, always comes back – with company.
My biggest scenario is what I mentioned earlier, missing out on $1,520 but getting $2,560 in the end.
When you look at job security as skill, you can make much larger increases in income and quality of life then me. In fact, if you change the light on job security, it wont be long until you can say that you don’t even need a job.
Stay Positive and Try To Beat My $1,040 Increase
Garth E. Beyer