Published: August 25, 2008
Stephen Viscusi is an executive recruiter, workplace expert, author, columnist, and edgy television and radio personality. Called “America’s Workplace Guru” by ABC’s World News anchor Charles Gibson, and described by many as the “Suze Orman of the workplace,” he is a careers professional who has helped thousands of people succeed at work. His latest book, Bulletproof Your Job: 4 Simple Strategies to Ride Out the Rough Times and Come Out On Top at Work (Collins), offers a comprehensive, authoritative, and very timely guide to surviving in, and making the most out of, an uncertain job economy by highlighting four commonsense career principles and supplying 50 innovative and practical suggestions for employing those principles. In presentations, he shares with employees, college students, and employers how to handle every kind of workplace issue and thrive. See Viscusi’s New York Post article about how anyone can make themselves bulletproof in tough times.
Viscusi a regular on the morning talk show circuit as a workplace expert, and NPR’s Talk of the Nation, Morning Edition, and All Things Considered. He is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show On the Job, has been a featured careers and workplace expert in dozens of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, American Way, Fortune, and Smart Money, among others, and his column “Career Coach” is seen by over 600,000 subscribers in U.25 magazine. His company, the Viscusi Group, is rated one of the top 10 executive search firms by Crain’s New York Business. Viscusi’s first book, On the Job: How to Make It in the Real World of Work is a bible for people in the workplace and a refresher course for anyone who works.
At a time when unemployment claims are at 372,000, and rising, Viscusi provides audiences with four simple strategies to combat corporate cut backs and avoid pink slips: Be visible. Be easy. Be useful. Be ready. If it were as simple as being the most productive person in the office, hanging on to your job during tough times would be easy – just work harder. But it’s not just about that, it’s about several things – black-and-white stuff like what kind of job you have, how long you’ve been there, and how much money you make. It’s also about grey stuff like how well you get along with your co-workers, how visible you are in the organization, or how good you make your boss look.
With 50 distinct action items, dozens of anecdotal illustrations and examples, Viscusi shows audiences how to use the grey stuff – relationships with your co-workers, visibility in the workplace, and making your boss look good – to balance the black-and-white stuff in order to ward off that pink stuff – the dreaded layoff notice. Viscusi will also help audiences create a long-term strategy for job security and career advancement that ensures them that they’ll never feel vulnerable again.
Viscusi began his own career as a headhunter and is still involved as a consultant in executive search. He lives in New York City.