Best way to avoid being retrenched?

The sure-proof way to avoid being retrenched is simple…never be an employee in the first place and you will never be retrenched!

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve nothing against the article published today ( on the Straits Times. In fact I fully agree with the writer.

If you read the article, you will notice one commonality about those who are susceptible to be on the retrenchment list – they all appear to have an “employee” mindset.

What is an “employee” mindset? It is a mindset where they do not see that the job belongs to them. They do not see themselves as owners of the job/role/business. Once someone has this mindset in the workplace, most of what that the Straits Times article mentioned will be observed in such employees (doing the minimum, create problems instead of solving problems etc.)

So what mindset should we cultivate to replace this “employee” mindset?


  1. Lim Meng Huat on 24/03/2020 at 9:35 am

    I am paid to learn, practise to gain experience without being asked to pay for minor damages due to my mistakes made during learning or working. I shall appreciate and cherish these opportunities.

    • Edwin Sim on 24/03/2020 at 11:19 am

      Indeed! When an employee is appreciated, he/she will also extend that appreciation to the job, co-workers and organization. Let’s be thankful!

      Thank you for sharing this, Meng Huat!