Research shows that an attitude of gratitude in trying times can not only help you keep your job, but get you the job you want.
he characteristics of recession survivors and found that those who avoided being cut were cheerful, likable, generous contributors, and not necessarily the most skilled and proficient.
don't be the guy who's always in a bad mood, reminding colleagues how vulnerable everyone is. Who wants to be in the trenches with him
When productivity is in decline, Anderson says, other factors gain more value in the decisionmaking process about who stays and who goes.
"If you stay positive, you'll have more influence on how things play out," advise Ms. Banks and Ms. Coutu.
They say survivors and those who leverage layoffs to their advantage focus on anticipating the needs of customers and those above and below them inside the office.
"If you are truly, truly miserable, even in a bad economy, you may be better off doing something else: taking a break, going back to school, or working part time. It's valid to ask ourselves: 'Do I enjoy this? Why am I here?' Reevaluate."