OFFER SOLUTIONS - Get into the habit of offering solutions rather than bringing problems, if you do so, you will be viewed as enthusiastic and committed. It shows you're not avoiding responsibility when things get difficult.
AVOID BEING A CHANGE CASUALTY - Many people resist change, whether it's a new procedure for ordering stationary or a corporate merger. Stop resisting change. If you continue to scoff at a change, believe me, you will be the first to go when job cuts are made. Don't fight change. Being able to go with it is the key to remaining employed, never mind being a good employee.
HELP YOUR BOSS SUCCEED - Bosses appreciate staff who help them look good. Any little thing you can do to help your boss keep her job will help you keep yours. Loyalty is very important. You can support them by giving feedback - positive and negative - but word your criticism carefully.
DEVELOP A NEW SKILL EACH YEAR - Continually upgrading your skills will keep you one step ahead. They'll make you more valuable or even help you make a smooth transition to another company. The main attribute employers look for in employees is flexibility. And at the very least you'll be keeping yourself interested in your job.
ADMIT YOU'RE OVERLOADED - If you're regularly working through lunch and late into the evening, yet still not keeping up, ask for help. Go to your boss as soon as you realise you have a problem. But don't just whine pointlessly; make sure you spell out your situation. Your boss has given you the work, but you're the one who knows what's really involved.
LEARN TO COPE WITH CRITICISM - When you can distinguish between constructive comments and negative remarks, you can use them to your advantage. Criticism from someone who has taken time to assess your work can be valuable, whereas an ill-tempered tirade is best ignored. Develop a filter to reject any irrational criticism.