Working Hard Does Not Guarantee Job Security, But This One Thing Will

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I’ve been working in the corporate world for the last 17 years and counting. A lot of people ask me about job security. Most people think that working hard, showing up on time every day and getting along with your coworkers will provide you with job security. Often times this holds true and often times it does not.

I’ve been at my current job for 7 years now and I have never taken a sick day.  I also have never arrived in the office later than 8:30 AM Monday through Friday.  It’s kind of sad but true. I have a very strong work ethic and I expect the people I work with to practice the same discipline as I do. Maybe I’m just too naive and demanding?

The one thing I think I deserve at work is job security, right? After all, I make an effort every single day to go to work just to make somebody else richer.  I have applied the same strong work ethic at all of my previous positions because I take pride in the work that I do. Unfortunately this does not always lead to having job security.

As you may have read in my earlier content, I have been laid off 3 times in my career thus far. It’s always been debilitating to me after I’ve been let go from a job. I take it very hard and personal because I’ve given my time, my blood, my sweat and my tears to a company only to find myself standing in the unemployment line when everything is said and done.

I’ve been working for a long time now and I can obviously see that working you’re a** off will not always guarantee you job security. Over the years, I have seen the same thing happen over and over again.  When somebody is on the chopping block at work, one of the most important thing senior management considers before letting someone go is if that person has kids or not. If the person does not have kids (like me), it’s easier for them to let  you go.

In one of my first jobs, there was a person that worked on my team that was a very low performer. She called out sick frequently without letting anyone know about it and she worked from home whenever she wanted. And working from home was frowned upon at my company. So we were just about to let her go when she revealed that she was pregnant. So we couldn’t fire her (according to HR) and she continued to work basically whenever she wanted while me and everyone else had to come into the office and bust our butts every day.

I used to work with another woman that needed to leave work every day at 4 PM on the dot just so she can pick up her kids from school, while the rest of us had to stay in the office working until 6 PM. She didn’t arrive any earlier in the office to make up for her hours either.

My coworker’s father works at a company where someone similar exists on his team. But because this person is a single mother, they will not fire her. From what I’ve heard, she barely comes into work because she uses her child as an excuse for not being able to come into the office all the time.

My friend and I were just talking about this and he told me that his manager is weary of firing someone on his team because this person also has a child. Even though he is a low performing employee and is not pulling his weight in the company.

So what have we learned here? Well, being viewed as a parent by your co workers can be a great way of guaranteeing job security. It’s obvious that people with children are given a break at work for not performing as optimal as their counterparts.

Now I know a lot of people are going to say that they have children and were fired or laid off from their jobs so I am just talking nonsense here. I would say to them, this does not happen 100% of the time. But from MY professional experience, I have seen it happen pretty darn often. Get a job working in the Finance IT industry and I am sure you will see it too.

I have learned that people that do not have children are more expendable than those that have them in the workplace. And that is the honest truth. I guess it’s easier on a person’s conscience to fire someone that does not have mouths to feed, even though I have a huge mortgage and a dog to feed at home.  I’ve accepted that this is just how our society works and there really is nothing I can do to change people’s minds.

Having said all that, I have that learned that being viewed as a parent will give you special privileges at work. If I ever have to work at another corporation again, I will tell everyone I am a single parent on day one. It could very well save me from getting laid off ever again.

I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences regarding job security in your workplace.


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