Viewpoint: With or without a job?

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - 626,000. That's the staggering number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits in just one week, the last week of January.

The number of unemployed Americans is now at an all-time high, and experts say it's just going to get worse. That should be a wake-up call for those of us lucky enough to have a job. Our jobs may not be safe either, and we should be doing all we can to keep them.

Are there improvements you can make in your job performance, to have the best chance of surviving a lay-off?

There are no guarantees, but good advice would be: In positive ways, stand out from other co-workers Show up on time; be well dressed, ready to give your all every day.

Don't complain about details, be seen as a team builder, a team leader, and accept any offer to cross-train, look for new ways to help your business succeed.

If any good can come from our nation's current economic crisis, maybe it could be an improvement in our collective work ethic.

If you're unemployed right now, you have our sympathy. It can't be easy. If you are employed, take your job seriously.

Because if you're not committed to your job, there are plenty of people out there who want to work, and will take it seriously...