The saga at NBC involving Jay Leno's failed stint in prime time may not seem to apply to the AEC industry at first blush, but there's still plenty your firm can learn from the public relations nightmare that's come from the saga, including the end of Conan O'Brien on The Tonight Show at the end of this week:
1. No matter how safe you think your job may be and no matter how ironclad your contract seems, there's always a chance today will be your last day. With that in mind, it's important to never stop networking and always keep an ear open for new opportunities.
We'll be launching a new feature in The Zweig HR Letter called "The Next Time You Fire Me" that looks at the way HR directors and other firm leaders can better handle the toughest part of their jobs - letting people go. The pieces will feature tips from those in the industry who found themselves "downsized" recently. If you have any ideas to add to the feature for a future edition, let me know. Maybe the execs at NBC will read it and learn a little bit too!