Are You As Equally Prepared As Noah?
Chances are youve read the story of Noah building the Ark in improvement of the big flood. Or youve seen any variety of movies be it a comedy or documentary, where Noah was given a message from God to build the Ark. Hes instructed to gather the different species of animals in pairs and load them up onto the Ark along with his family in anticipation of the big flood.
Often Noah was portrayed as a bit off his rocker as no one believed that any such flood was coming due to the clear blue skies and no rain in sight. And in addition, he persevered, preparing for the big event… already though he didnt know when that would be. So, when the rains and later flood did come, Noah was ready.
As a person in your fifties or sixties, perhaps it would be wise to take a lesson from Noah when it comes to preparing for the future.
Think about it. Noah gets a tip-off that something major is heading his way. Hes told, you better get ready and this is what you need to do. While others around him think hes nuts, he gets busy preparing for his future and the survival of his family and the animal life.
Are you getting signals that there will be major changes within your organization? Have you noticed how long-term employees are starting to leave when they seemed perfectly happy with their work? Are you hearing the rumblings in the hallways that a department in another city or State is closing down?
All of these are signs to watch out for. Your department might be next. Maybe not tomorrow or the next month, but it could be further down the road. You could be the next one out of a job.
Lets be real. No one wants to lose their job, so the last thing youre likely to be thinking about is preparing for losing it. It seems counter intuitive. I get it. in addition, with the daily Google Alerts coming to my inbox about corporate layoffs, I think the family conversation on the subject of what would we do if suddenly I lost my job? needs to happen.
So what should one do when they dont know if or when a flood might be coming their way? Good question. Here are my thoughts on a few areas to consider.
Build your network whilst your nevertheless employed
Now is not the time to be flying under the radar. Now it when you want to be seen as a valuable asset to the company so that when the time comes to decide who stays and who goes, youre not in the latter category. Make yourself valuable.
Dust off your old begin again / CV and update if. Have it ready to go should you suddenly find yourself with a termination letter. Youll be able to closest jump on new opportunities while others are nevertheless reeling from the shock of what just happened?
Connect or reconnect with others in your industry on LinkedIn. Start making comments on applicable posts and add a few of your own. Establish yourself as a thought leader or an industry expert. Be seen.
Get out and network. Attend Meet Up groups or Association gatherings. Attend conferences within and outside of your industry. When you do the business card swap, make sure you follow up in a timely manner. That method within 3-5 days of meeting, not a month later.
Prepare a spread sheet of your network contacts with their names, emails and telephone numbers. You may not have access to their details if you are asked to leave the premises closest.
Make the most of your company sponsored benefits
The first thing you might consider is taking advantage of all of your medical benefits. Take advantage of your company paid medical check-ups. Use your dental benefits and get your eyes checked. buy that new pair of glasses while you nevertheless have some form of co-pay.
If youve been paying into a benefits program, you might in addition use it or lose it.
Watch your spending
As your financial situation is the first thing to be affected, you definitely want to focus on saving where you can. Lets look at your spending habits. Cut out the things you really dont need.
Stop paying for cable channels you dont watch. Honestly, you can only watch one channel at a time (channel surfing doesnt count). Get rid of the home land line. Few people call you on a home phone anymore.
Stop eating out so often. Stay in and eat at home, its healthier and cheaper. Make a weekly menu, and dont go grocery shopping until you see whats in the cupboards first. Save the wine and beer for the weekend. Put the money you save each week in a special kitty.
Stop shopping for stuff you dont need. The information SALE does not average BUY ME NOW.
Have a garage sale or sell your stuff on Craigs List. Sell off what you dont need or donate it.
There you have it. My thoughts and ideas on preparing for the unforeseen flood. Look at it this way, already if this never happens to you, youll end up being more valuable to your company, youll be healthier, and you would have curtailed some of your spending and have more money in the bank.