Can “halo effect” keep you from getting laid off?

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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?

8 comments Add your comment

neal kelley

June 8th, 2009
11:45 pm

every hate a brown noser… it does not save you.. make you are target in some business enviorments..

Atl Hawk

June 8th, 2009
11:45 pm

Not at all. People who get their rocks off by telling the boss is doing the same thing. I cant understand why people dont get that karma is real. Whatever you do to others will be done to you. If it is your time to leave a job then its just that time. Snitching should not be rewarded.

Mike D

June 9th, 2009
1:44 am

I had a 3 year long affair with my boss at Wachovia. I actually fathered her second child, but she eventually moved on.


June 9th, 2009
2:04 am

Some insecure bosses enjoy the attention from brown-nosers. Personally, it makes me nauseous.


June 10th, 2009
12:20 pm

Yes. Sad but true.

Mad Haddy

June 15th, 2009
11:15 pm

I was in a situation where I felt that I needed to take on as many tasks as possible to keep my job. Guess what? If your boss does not like you because you are more knowledeable and receive kuddos from external customers, she will get rid of you anyway. If you feel threatened, update the resume and start looking for another job now, you will be one step ahead of the game.


June 23rd, 2009
7:42 pm


July 9th, 2009
7:45 pm

Oh no…. working hard … will get your butt on the unemployment line quicker than you can say “lickidy split”. Workers today, give hard working fellow employees a hard time. Some employees have the attitude that they are doing a corporation a favor just by showing up to their job. They think along the lines, ” hey, I am here so pay me.” God forbid a supervisor ask them to put in a few extra hours of work. The employee will look at the supervisor as if he/she has justed killed their mother. Their attitude is, ” Wait a second, you expect me to work now that I am here. Are you crazy?” ” What do you think this place is ….. a job!” ” Wait one second, you want me to work …. in order to get paid.” Good help America ! It is now a disgrace to work hard in America ! Who knew !