The last thing you want to be is a non-essential employee
Having this designation immediately puts an “X” on your back. It makes you a target and easily expendable. No one wants to be seen as non-essential.
A few thoughts that I always try to convey to people in their career.
You get hired and/or stay employed for one of 3 reasons.
You make the company money
You save the company money
You are saving lives (which still comes down to money)
If you are not doing either of these, you are non-essential and that is scary. It is time to start thinking of ways you can contribute. It may be too late now, but set yourself up for future success by gaining the skills necessary
I love this quote which was written by Earl Nightingale back in the WWII time frame
"The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!" — Earl Nightingale
Being deemed a non essential employee can be detrimental to your success and those that are around you. The time to separate yourself from the pack is now and go make an impact
Take care and Stay Safe