To help work through this uncertain economic time, here's what the Harvard Business review says in a nutshell (How to Protect Your Job in a Recession--Sept. 2008, p. 113-16). The following is a direct quote:
Article at a Glance:
--If you want to survive, act like a survivor. Be confident and cheerful. Stay focused on the future by concentrating on the customer, without whom nobody will have a job.
--Give your leaders hope. They agonize over layoffs, so cut them a break. Empathizing with your boss will give you an advantage.
--Be a corporate citizen. Companies like team players. Research shows that collegiality may trump competence when push comes to shove.