There comes a time in a person's life when a job loss, whether due to company layoffs or self-inflicted dismissal, is unavoidable. When you recognize that job loss is on the horizon, there are a few things you can do to try to avoid it, such as working harder, drawing attention to your results, and bringing in revenue for your company through referrals. But how can anyone predict where or when the ax will fall? What are some signs that your boss is thinking about firing you? Look for these eight signs that you might be losing your job soon.
1. You're Being Micromanaged All of a Sudden
You thought you worked for a “cool” company that recognized that micromanaging was a waste of time and that employees could be more productive if they were left to their own devices. However, your boss unexpectedly requests that you keep track of how you spend your day or that you prepare client documents or presentations in the past. This is a major indicator that you're being scrutinized, and while the reasons could be good (you're up for a raise? Promotion?) be wary that they may also be harmful. Be especially cautious if you did not request a raise or promotion and there are no open positions above you.
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2. Your Work Has Been Redistributed
If your work is suddenly being redistributed to others, it is most likely not because your boss sympathizes with your schedule and believes you are overburdened. It doesn't look good if someone else, or several people, can handle your book of business on top of their own, and it's difficult to justify overworking others in order to free up your time. This action could be the company's way of anticipating problems. They don't want to leave your clients in the dark in the weeks following your firing, so they're preparing by delegating your responsibilities to someone else.
3. You aren't bothered by the pressure
Your boss no longer appears to care about the quality or quantity of your work, and on days of major deadlines, he or she is nowhere to be seen or heard. Normally, they are breathing down your neck the entire time, demanding perfection from every nook and cranny of your ability. While it may be a relief that they have finally relented and trusted you with your responsibilities, this may not be the true reason you are no longer feeling pressured. Your boss doesn't suddenly stop caring, and unless you've previously discussed taking on more independent responsibility, this could be a sign that you're entering dangerous territory.
4. You're No Longer Sure What You're Doing
You went from managing your own portfolio and book of business to doing menial tasks or things that don't produce results. Instead of working on the front lines, you are asked to step back and work behind the scenes, and you find yourself abandoning projects you were passionate about in order to help others advance. You are no longer the idea person, and you believe that when you express your opinion, you are not being heard. It's a slippery slope, and it's possible that your boss believes you're underperforming and is testing you in other areas to see if you're worth keeping at the company.
5. You've Made a Huge Miscalculation (Or Several Small Mistakes)
In the eyes of the corporate world, mistakes equal money lost. No matter how well you get along with your coworkers and superiors, a company can't afford to keep someone whose poor performance jeopardizes the profit margin. In your head, you secretly blame the company for overworking you to the point where mistakes were unavoidable; you blame your subordinates for not double-checking you; and you blame your coworkers for distracting you. But, in the end, all that matters is what is written down: your name, your error.
6. You are treated differently by your coworkers
With a boss down the hall who isn't always an integral part of the action, your coworkers are often the first to notice if you're not pulling your weight. They wouldn't know about a firing before you did, but their reactions to your work exemplify the company's overall reaction. Because there is so much emphasis on team building in corporate culture, colleagues tend to keep mental track of who is doing well and who isn't. They want to know who to seek advice from and who to avoid. If they avoid you, it could be because they don't trust your advice, don't see you as a team player, or are dissatisfied with the quality of your work.
7. Everything Has Changed Dramatically
Performing 180-degree turns frequently indicates that something is wrong. If a company is doing well and making a lot of money, there's no reason to change the way it's run. However, if your company's processes are suddenly altered and its business strategy shifts, it could be a sign that your company is in jeopardy and layoffs are imminent. If you consider yourself a valuable employee and want to keep your job, start assembling a portfolio of your best work and making a case for them to keep you. Concentrate on outcomes: what have you done for the company and how can you prove it? If they are truly sinking, they will want to keep only the best who can possibly pull them back to the surface.
8. You despise your job
And it's obvious. You don't get along with anyone at work, you despise your bosses, and you constantly complain about your responsibilities. In this case, losing your job may be the best thing for you. Make the most of it by looking for something you'd like to do. And, in the meantime, figure out what you want to do. Take up hobbies, read, research, search the web for careers that interest you, volunteer, and network as much as possible.
9. Count Your Poultry
Being prepared is the best thing you can do if you are fired or laid off. Ask questions instead of crying and screaming in your boss's office. What caused this? What would you do differently? You also want to leave a professional and positive impression of your work in case future prospective employers contact you. Outline what you've done for the company that has resulted in positive feedback from your bosses. List any projects that you worked on that had a metric for success. Finally, express gratitude for the opportunity.
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