In tough times, people are tempted to discouragement which leads to a kind of hopeless, lethargic approach to work. “What’s the point?" I’m gonna get laid off anyway!” Shake it off. Now is the time to make yourself invaluable to your organization—put in extra time, take on a new project, create a new solution, volunteer to handle the job no one wants. Sitting back with your head low is the surest way to lose. Stand out. It’s worth the risk.