“It’s nothing personal. It’s just a business decision.”
Whether you’ve been on the receiving end of words like those or only live in fear of them (as nearly half of all Americans reported in a nationwide poll conducted only a couple of years ago), they’re unsettling to say the least. The loss of a full-time job may not be the end of the world, but it can make you feel like less of a person.
There’s also the very real concern over economic insecurity.
Hardly an irrational one, especially given recent reports that 61 percent of the U.S. population now lives paycheck-to-paycheck. The truth is, most all of us are in business for ourselves, even if we depend on others for a place of employment. But, as the pandemic showed, that dependance can be misplaced. Loyalty went largely unrewarded. Many of those who were let go are now reluctant to return to their previous roles. The shortfall continues to impact employers in nearly every sector.
So, by virtue of being fed-up with the system, more than four million Americans quit their jobs last summer alone, many pursuing temporary staffing, freelance or contract assignments, and/or “gig” work whenever and wherever they could get it. That changed the dynamic from the ground-up.
“It’s nothing personal boss, but I’ve made myself a better offer.”
Here at TempExperts, we believe it starts with putting the right plan in place—a plan that starts with defining your individual brand promise on-paper. Analysts say the job market should remain super-hot well into 2022, so this looks like a good year to go all-in.
In essence, adopting the idea of becoming a “business of one,” building confidence in your ability to take on any assignment and succeed, providing pathways for easier personal and financial recovery should the market go south or greater resilience should your priorities change.
Be proud of what you have made and make it your own.
Your self-sufficiency in 2022 and beyond depends on it.