Have you stumbled across any good news recently? Isn’t it gripping to see if tomorrow can be even worse than yesterday? Given this steady diet of doom and gloom I’m not surprised by the worry I detect in the voices of my EHS colleagues these days. There is concern about job security…and concern about the future form of our EHS programs given the economic uncertainties facing most companies as recession worries deepen.
What advice should we be sharing with EHS colleagues to make us more recession proof? Now is a good time to offer sage words of encouragement. I been through more than my fair share of “rightsizing” initiatives over the last 15 years and I’d like your reaction to the advice I’ve been giving those closest to me. I believe the answer goes way beyond the obvious “be liked by your boss and your boss’s boss”. Let me suggest 3 actions to take:
Play To Your Strengths
Do you know what you’re really great at? What are your professional passions? If you don’t know, find out. Those closest to you have already observed what you get excited about, what you deliver superior results at, what fuels you…ask them. Find work opportunities that are dominated by your unique talents.
Build An External Professional Network
Be deliberate in building relationships with those outside your company who know and value your professional passions. Seek opportunities to share and learn from this network regularly. Association with professional groups like NAEM is an excellent way to develop these relationships.
Gain Professional Certification
As EHS professionals we have a unique opportunity to be recognized for our expertise by a 3rd party. I have seen the difference certification makes in the job market. Getting a CSP, an ROH or a CIH is important. Grab the opportunity. Once you get certified work creatively to maintain it.
I know you have opinions on this subject. I’d love to read them…as would your EHS colleagues. Let’s share!