The number of unemployed Americans is now at an all-time high, and experts say it's just going to get worse. National unemployment has reached a record 8.5 percent. In Lubbock we are better off holding at 4.7 percent of folks without a job. But even that number is up almost a full point from just three months ago.
That should be a wake-up call for those of us lucky enough to have a job, and we should be doing all we can to keep them. Are there improvements you can make in your job performance, to have the best chance of surviving a lay-off?
There are really no guarantees. But consider this, in positive ways try to stand out from other co-workers: show up on time, be well dressed, and ready to give your all every day. Don't complain about details, be seen as a team builder, a team leader, and accept any offer to cross-train. Look for new ways to help your business succeed.
If any good can come from our nation's current economic crisis, maybe it could be an improvement in our collective work ethic. If you're unemployed right now, you have our sympathy - it can't be easy. If you are employed, take your job seriously. Because if you're not committed to your job, there are plenty of people out there who want to work and will take it seriously.
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