A recent article suggests that in the past year or so, there’s been a sharp boost in the productivity of the U.S. workforce. Some experts believe this is because workers who are desperate to keep their jobs are taking on more tasks outside of their required duties. And some employees are taking it to a greater extreme, by putting in many hours of unpaid overtime, skipping vacation time and paying compliments to the boss – essentially, sucking up to keep their jobs. These workers are hoping for a “halo effect” when it comes time for that next round of layoffs. They will be spared, while their slacker co-workers will be cut.
Are you taking on more responsibilities at work in order to avoid being expendable? Do you think brown-nosing is a smart move?