Ultimately, this is the question that management will ask itself. “How do you rank using different metrics by comparison to others?” Is yours a department that can be eliminated with no one missing it or is it critical?
When I was a beginning recruiter, working in my first recession, I grew to see that most businesses had three types of employees:
- People who did things
- People who managed those who did things
- People who thought of how things could be done better
During recessions, almost every person who is a #3 is eliminated. Businesses don’t care about how things should be done better (even if they should). They are focused on making more money, reducing their costs, and surviving the storm. Some #2’s will be used to both manage and think of ways to do things better. Although #1’s and #2’s may be cut, #3’s are often eliminated.
As such, if you are a #3, see how you can move back to being a #2.
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