Layoffs can be one of the most stressful things in an office. Especially if you know they are coming. What should you do if you’ve heard that 10 people are losing their office jobs next week? Well, stay calm and follow these three steps.

Work Your Hardest

Know what you are worth. If you aren’t adding anything to the company, there is a good chance you will be one of the ones let go. The best way to prevent that from happening is to work hard and show your results. This is a key in any business but especially in an office space. If you can keep things running smoothly it will showcase your skills as a manager.

Don’t cut corners. You shouldn’t cut corners in any business. But sometimes we as humans get so comfortable in the daily grind of life that we forget the little things. This is not the time to forget the little things. Make sure you prioritize every little detail and emphasize the minutiae on the job.

Keep Your Integrity

It’s a stressful time around the office. People know what is coming. Often gossip breaks out and people tend to slander their co-workers. One of the best ways that you can show that the company needs you is by showing your honesty and integrity. No one likes a gossip, but everyone needs an honest man.

When the craziness begins just stay out of it. It will keep you from making enemies and help you to be efficient during a stressful week.

Develop a Backup Plan

It would be extremely foolish to think you are doing everything right only to get fired with no job and bills to pay. Make sure you are ready for whatever might come. If you know there is a 50% chance of you getting laid-off the next week, you should be ready to job-search.

It isn’t a bad idea to prepare your resume and begin checking with contacts and hiring services just to get your name out there. Being prepared is one of the most helpful things in surviving a layoff.

Finally, do your best from the beginning. Employers rarely drop their best employees. Don’t cut corners, don’t sacrifice your integrity, and make sure you have a backup plan. Layoffs can be a terrifying time, but with these tips, you will be prepared to go out and find a new job if you need to.