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Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2013 9:12 am | Updated: 4:41 pm, Mon Jan 7, 2013.

The end of the year, and the beginning of the New Year, is a more precarious time for employees who may be most vulnerable to reductions in force as companies reduce costs to get a fresh start next year.

“Although employees do not have much control over their company’s financial situation, there are ways workers can decrease the chances they will be affected and steps they can take to correct performance-related issues,” said Patty Prosser, chair of OI Partners, a leading global coaching and leadership development consulting firm.

These tips should be followed regardless of how vulnerable you may feel. They outline the way you should approach your job.

1. Outperform expectations in your job. “Go well above the minimum requirements and seek to make yourself indispensable. Demonstrate how motivated you are and gain a reputation as someone who consistently delivers more than expected,” Prosser said.

2. Show you are a team player. Being part of a team is the number one quality employers desire in workers.

3. Offer ideas that could help grow business or attract and retain customers. “The more you do to help your company, the more valuable you become to them,” Prosser said.

4. Be on time and dependable. “Follow company rules such as keeping your cellphone off during working hours and doing your job rather than excessively surfing the Internet. Don’t spread rumors or be an agitator.”

5. Be positive and supportive. “It is contagious and encourages others to do the same,” Prosser said.

6. Keep on top of the latest technology and new developments in your field. Take classes or workshops to stay current with advances in your profession and in other areas that impact your business.

7. Set yourself apart: “Do something that will give you added recognition, such as write an article for a trade publication, or be a speaker at a conference. Volunteer to lead a special project, task force or charity drive to showcase your ability to take on responsibility,” Prosser said.

Make 2013 a good year for your career — do what others fail to do!

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