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No formula for keeping seat in layoff

Q. It's clear that my company is in trouble and there's talk of cost cutting by laying off employees. Naturally I'm afraid that will include me. What can I do to hang on to my seat here? Should I flatter my bosses more?

Ans. Nothing will really stop a company from firing you if that's the only way it can stay afloat. Larry Myler author of Indispensable by Monday   writes that studies show it doesn't make any difference if you keep quiet, compliment bosses, come in before the boss and leave later, or try to look busy even if you have to "make" work. That only makes co-workers dislike you. Find something that increases the company's profits and work hard at that---and let the bosses know about it. That's the best reason for them to keep you sitting there, but don't count on it totally.                                                      

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