Use Technology and Teamwork to Protect Your Job

Martin Yate By Martin Yate August 25, 2020
Use Technology and Teamwork to Protect Your Job

​Times are uncertain, and many of us may be wondering about the viability of our current jobs. Now is the time to strengthen your career management skills. In this column, I'll discuss two skills you need to prosper in your career: technical know-how and teamwork capabilities.

Technical Know-How

If technology allows an organization to make money with fewer, or cheaper, employees, it will and must pursue what best serves company profitability. An employee is only hired when he or she can help the company make money, save money or increase productivity—and when technology or cheaper workers will not fill the need.

You are a commodity—a series of skills your employer values. However, every day new technologies change the skills you need to be competitive in the workplace. If you are not steadily developing new skills, your abilities will soon become obsolete.

Find out how technology is expected to change your work and what the in-demand skills will be as the workplace continues to evolve. Such awareness encourages you to develop the skills that will keep the money flowing and growing, while keeping your career on track. Hone the technical skills of your job to perfection, until you are not only entirely competent, but also better than you ever imagined.

Teamwork Capabilities

Whatever your title may be, your job holds one deliverable in common with all other jobs: Your primary function is to be a problem solver within your area of professional expertise. This means you know your job so well that you can anticipate and prevent problems before they land on your desk. When problems do present themselves, your function is to solve those problems efficiently and with consideration for those colleagues who will subsequently have to deal with your work product.

Like a player on a winning football team, you have a specialized function that needs to work in harmony with the many other different but equally dedicated functions that make up the team.

Teamwork is an important component in the success of a department. To achieve and maintain profitability, employers require many uniquely skilled teams to work productively toward common goals alongside many other differently skilled teams.

Teamwork means that commitment to the team achieving its goals comes first. You take on a task because it needs to be done, not because it makes you look good.

Your reward for being a team player is that management recognizes you as someone who:

  • Cooperates.
  • Makes decisions based on team goals.
  • Keeps other team members properly informed.
  • Keeps commitments.
  • Shares credit, but doesn't share blame.

Exhibiting teamwork capabilities is especially important if you intend to be a leader, because it is only by first becoming a team player that you will understand the subtleties of what makes a team pull together and function productively as a unit.

Yet whether or not you intend to be a leader, you can increase your job stability and financial well-being by continuously improving your technical skills and doing your utmost to become a known and reliable team player.

We'll continue this discussion next week when we look at a whole new set of skills seen as integral to maintaining steady employment and upward mobility in difficult times. 

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