So you’ve heard the whispers in the office. You’ve witnessed scared coworkers with wide-eyed fear having hushed conversations while hiding in the corner. Everyone knows it’s coming, but is scared out of their minds for its arrival. The great culling will soon weed out the good from the bad. Ok, so maybe that’s a tad dramatic, but your uncertainty is real nonetheless. You have no idea whether you’ll be culled or kept in the fold. Don’t panic needlessly—unless you’re a complete loser and deserve to be culled. Focus on figuring out ways how you can stay off your boss’ blacklist. Do something unexpected that gets your boss’s attention in a good way. Make yourself so valuable that you become non-expendable.
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Here is a guide on how to survive an office culling:
1. Stay Off Your Boss's Blacklist
Stop paying so much attention to the whispered conversations and survive the office culling by staying off your boss’s blacklist. Yes, your boss has a list. You don’t want to make the naughty list, so you’d better start making some good choices. Don’t do anything that will annoy your boss and get you called into his office for a tongue lashing. Strolling into the office fifteen minutes late every day or extending your lunch hour to an hour and a half is a guaranteed way to get on your boss’ blacklist. When your boss starts the culling process, you can be sure that he’ll become very observant. He’ll notice which employees spend more time away from their desks taking coffee breaks every fifteen minutes and those who have taken up residence in the break room—thinking it’s party time all day long.
Employees, who spend more time taking selfies and updating social media than actually working, will quickly find themselves on their boss’s blacklist. Creating needless drama in the office simply because you’re bored, won’t get you on your boss’s good side. So, the next time you think it would be cool to pull the fire alarm just to get out of finishing your client calls, think again. You never know who could be watching. You’ll likely end up on the naughty list and won’t survive the great culling.
Unless you’re Raymond Reddington, it’s not cool to be on the blacklist. You may have fun while behaving like an outlaw in the office, but you won’t think life is so great when you don’t survive the culling. Being let go from your job because you behaved badly and made the blacklist, cannot be listed on your resume as one of your greatest achievements in life. Surviving an office culling means you’ll have to kick that devil off your shoulder and pay more attention to the angel giving you advice.
2. Do Something Unexpected
You can survive the office culling if you do something unexpected. Of course, the unexpected thing should be good. You don’t really want to unexpectedly start doing a strip tease on top of your desk. Do that, and you’ll definitely be weeded out during the culling. Jumping up in the middle of an important meeting with a client to say that you can’t stand your boss, is unexpected—but will likely cause you big problems with management. You won’t survive the culling then.
Do something unexpected that will catch your boss’s attention and make you his star player. Over-deliver on a promise that you made. If you told your boss you could complete a project by the end of the week, work extra hard to get it done before the deadline. Your boss won’t expect that and you’ll look like a diligent employee. Just don’t over-promise and under-deliver. The results may be unexpected, but not the positive kind of results that will help you to survive the culling.
Think outside the box and come up with an unexpected solution to a problematic situation in the workplace. Maybe your team is experiencing conflicts due to personality issues. You can do something unexpected by suggesting that your team members participate in a conflict resolution lunch and learn and take personality tests to enable everyone to work better together.
3. Make Yourself Non-Expendable
Your expendable coworkers will be culled. You know the types. Those people who really don’t make a huge difference in the workplace. They simply exist and take up space. It’s a wonder why they were even hired in the first place. Now, if you were hired and have an essential position, you may feel safe. Yet, you shouldn’t. No one is ever completely safe in an office culling. Your work performance is constantly being evaluated and if you are not an essential part of the productivity in the workplace, your position can be threatened.
Be that employee who your boss simply cannot live without. Ok, so no one is advocating that you need to demean yourself each day like a servant and curry the favor of your boss. However, if you want to survive an office culling, you may need to consider some drastic measures to make yourself non-expendable. You have to become an essential employee that is part of the team and is necessary to make the office run smoothly.
That means you need to get noticed by your boss. Sure, you need to do a good job and provide value to the company. Yet, there is more to it than simply being a good employee. Find ways to become part of your boss’s inner circle of essential employees that he trusts and knows can be trusted to be problem solvers and not complainers or sore losers. Find out what’s important to your boss and make that central to your workplace behavior. If you are an executive assistant, make sure your boss’s favorite specialty coffee is ready for her as soon as she walks in the door. That means you need to be at work way before your boss gets there. Your boss will begin to view you as an essential employee and you will survive the office culling. She won’t be able to envision her work day without you as a necessary part of the team.
You can survive an office culling. Do everything in your power to make nice with your boss so that you stay off his blacklist. That means you need to be more angelic and less devilish. Sure, some crafty behavior won’t get you fired. Yet you don’t want to go overboard and get listed on the naughty list because you can’t control your unprofessional behavior. Start thinking outside the box so that you do something unexpected that will grab the attention of your boss. Make sure it’s a positive attention grabber and not one that makes your boss have you escorted kicking and screaming out of the office!
Start pulling your weight around the office so that you will not be expendable. When your boss actually knows your name and wants to keep you around, you’ll have no problem surviving an office culling. Just don’t cross the line and get too familiar with your boss. You don’t want her to get a restraining order placed on you because you’ve started stalking her every move, trying to ascertain her needs each day. That could get creepy real fast and get you booted out of the office with the rest of the culled employees.
Have you ever had to survive an office culling? What did you do to survive? Let us know in the comments section below.