And If the cost of your dismissal was zero?

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Have you ever thought about your level of employability? Does your employer keep you because you add value or because you are expensive to dismiss? In this post I help you ask yourself this uncomfortable question and analyze the importance of improving your employability.

In the world of work, job security is an issue that is always on the minds of workers. The thought of being fired can cause worry, stress, and anxiety. But what would happen if the cost of your dismissal were zero? Would you be fired immediately? This question raises an interesting scenario to reflect on the relationship between employers and employees.

Employment stability is a crucial aspect of people’s quality of life. A secure job provides regular income, benefits, and the peace of mind of knowing you can meet your basic needs. We are in a difficult moment, with high inflation that erodes the purchasing power of salaries, with interest rates much higher than a few years ago, and with high political and social uncertainty. IN THIS COMPLEX ENVIRONMENT, HAVING A GOOD JOB IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER.

In this sense, I usually ask the professionals I advise is the following:

  1. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE COST OF YOUR DISMISSAL WERE ZERO? Many people don’t know what to answer, I would even say that most of them haven’t even thought about it. But I dare say that a significant percentage of the workers would be fired. This means that their employer perceives that they provide less value than the dismissal cost. And this is frankly a serious problem. Some professionals, when they have been in the job for a certain amount of time, may become complacent and their performance may begin to decline. They feel secure in having the cushion of severance pay plus the unemployment benefit to which they are entitled. This approach seems to me to be a serious mistake. I think it is infinitely better to continue training, working hard, and adding value to the company so that you are considered essential; not because of the cost of your dismissal, but because of the value you contribute. I think it is important that, as a worker, you frequently ask yourself this question: what would happen if the cost of my dismissal were zero? And you should work hard so that the answer is not that you would be fired.
  2. And If you were fired, DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD FIND A JOB WITH CONDITIONS (SALARY, RESPONSIBILITY, PRESTIGE…) SIMILAR TO YOUR CURRENT ONES? Or should you take a step back in your career? I have verified that, for many professionals, taking a step back, and lowering their professional level is a hard experience, both on a rational and emotional level. I dare say that today, many professionals would have serious difficulties finding similar employment if they were laid off.

I think you should ask yourself these 2 questions as soon as possible. And do it frequently. And you make the decisions and actions to try to keep your level of employability high. That neither your age nor the difficulties of your environment can put your professional career at risk. Work hard, stay up to date, and train frequently. Have a great attitude and enhance your personal brand. Surely sooner rather than later you will have some difficulty in your professional career. Those people who have worked on their employability will go through these difficulties more quickly and satisfactorily. For those who have not prepared, I am sure they will have a tough time. So now you know, WORK WELL ON YOUR EMPLOYABILITY TO HAVE A SATISFYING PROFESSIONAL CAREER.

Xavi Roca

I am Talentist, I help organizations, managers and professionals to achieve high performance through enhancing their leadership and personal brand. I am passionate about leadership, high performance team management and Personal Branding, and I have dedicated my professional career to helping companies and professionals develop and enhance their talents and strengths to achieve their maximum development and performance.

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