Nikolay Yagodkin, the founder of the educational technology center, helps to understand what the employer values in times of crisis.
As soon as the labor market began to recover after the spring crisis, the second wave of the pandemic is gaining momentum and promises new problems. Many companies again transferred 30% of their employees to “remote work”, and in public transport again become freer. The risk of losing your favorite (or not so) job hangs over both the inhabitants of megalopolises and small towns, like the sword of Damocles. How to avoid urgent publication of a resume on the websites of recruiting agencies?
Let’s look at the general profile of the employee, imagine ourselves in the manager’s chair, and think about what is important for him in the conditions of modern realities
Every boss needs your work to pay off. The result can be quantitative. This aspect is influenced by how disciplined, intellectually, and physically resilient you are. It is also important to eliminate distractions, etc.
Or maybe – high-quality, which is ensured by work with a minimum number of errors or without them at all. You also need to be able to focus on important tasks. Productive work presupposes a harmonious balance of quantity and quality.
In addition, in order to ensure the result, the employee must be a professional, be able to solve a wide range of problems, and receive the necessary education. This aspect is also influenced by the frequency of updating professional knowledge. You need to understand that we live in a world that is changing very quickly, and knowledge in it instantly becomes obsolete. Therefore, in order to always be in trend and not to lose demand in the labor market, you need to love and be able to learn. Only under such conditions will you be able to show high results.
What do you think is the most expensive and valuable resource of a leader? Time. And the less an employee spends this resource (he can make the right decisions himself, manage his working day, etc.), the more valuable he is for his boss. Running after the entire staff and controlling every step is a nightmare for any manager. Therefore, employee independence is very important.
After all, he and his salary are also resources. And if no one sins with independence in the office, then resources will be “optimized”. It is much more profitable to give a job to one person (but with a higher salary) than two because both will have to be managed. Also, one should not forget about the costs of a workplace in the company’s budget (financial resource), if it is not remote work, and so on. The formula is simple: the less time you need to spend on an employee (subject to quality work), the more “profitable” he is.
If there is a crisis in the yard (and not only), it is more profitable to pay one busy specialist than four employees who periodically have nothing to do. The more varied tasks you can perform efficiently, the more your bosses will appreciate you. For example, you can “combine” a copywriter and an office manager, if none of the areas provides a full workload.
Resilience to change
The set of existing skills and knowledge is important, but, as a rule, management is interested in whether an employee can quickly cope with non-standard tasks, whether he can learn, adapt to unusual conditions and competently work with new information. That’s what adaptability is!
The world is rapidly transforming. The time is not far off when skills will start to become obsolete sooner than we will have time to learn them. It is logical that an employee with a higher degree of adaptability will not become a candidate for departure, because he knows how to learn and improves in quality, is able to “pick up” complex tasks and bring new projects to life. Sitting in one position for 40 years will no longer work and only those who are ready to change will be on the horse.
When it comes to habits, it’s important to learn every day, set goals, and keep track of them. In terms of competencies, employers prefer responsible, proactive, independent, productive, and proactive employees. In addition, the idea of four “K” is very popular all over the world:
– Critical thinking;
The second wave of coronavirus risks shattering the job market again and triggering a second wave of cuts. Therefore, I recommend taking your chance and pumping professional value. Don’t be afraid to change, get ready to take responsibility, improve quality, and learn new things.