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For Tigger and others, this should help us out when we enjoy our jobs so much.

Get Clued into Layoff Warning Signs
by Therese Droste

Maybe you love your job so much you brush off hints that the company's wheels are starting to come off. Or maybe you despise your job enough that you pay no attention to anything other than getting through a full day. Maybe you have no reason to watch for signs that you might be headed for a job loss.

But maybe you should. Even if you're doing well and things seem peachy in the workplace, it's never a bad idea to pay attention to hints that your job may be in jeopardy. Stay one step ahead of a layoff by heeding these warning signs.

Internal Problems: Things You Control

Sometimes we ignore obvious signs that the other shoe is going to drop, attributing the negative signals to a bad phase that will quickly pass. Unfortunately, ignoring these signs can threaten your job security. Watch out if:

You Got a Bad Review or a Warning

How was your last performance review? Did you get a decent raise? Were you given any warnings or put on probation for anything? It's a bad sign if nothing positive was said during your review.

Your Boss Looks over Your Shoulder

Has your boss recently put you on a short leash when he used to trust you to work independently? Maybe he's been giving you subtle warnings that your work is not up to snuff even though you think otherwise, and he finally got tired of you missing his signals.

You Get the Cold Shoulder

Do colleagues you used to eat lunch or talk with avoid you lately? Do they skirt discussions about future projects? Are you being left out of meetings you've usually been part of? Think there's a reason?

External Problems: Management Changes that Are Beyond Your Control

Keeping an eye on the company, its health and the ripple effects of high-level decisions can clue you into the true status of your job security. Be wary if:

You Get a New Boss

For five years, you worked in harmony with your boss, who was suddenly replaced by a rattlesnake. This is no time to be complacent; prep for a job search before you have to. Line up a reference from HR since the new boss probably won't give you a good one.

Management Makes Changes at the Top

The company's leader and figurehead suddenly disappears, and the entire mood of the company shifts. Long-time employees are heard grumbling and complaining about the new direction. This can actually help you. Ask yourself: How do I handle change? If you're averse to making a big move, you'll probably hate the new procedures that go along with the transition to a new leader. On the other hand, how will you handle the changes associated with getting a new job? Will you find those challenges any easier? Weigh the consequences of both scenarios.

There Are Rumors of Restructuring or Layoffs

Sometimes rumors carry a grain of truth. If there is talk about restructuring the office, be prepared. If you don't do a full-out job search, at least dust off your resume so if you're cut, you'll have that chore out of the way.

New Hires Don't Fit the Mold

Sometimes a new colleague is hired who can do no wrong with all of the managers but treats you and other employees like dirt. If you've complained and documented your gripes but management doesn't confront the bad apple, you must assess what this person is doing to your outlook on work. Sometimes morale can get so low that there's no choice but to leave.

Overall, it's important to know the difference between something that truly threatens your job security and something that may actually turn out to be a bad week or month.
post #2 of 5
Haha, none of the above would surprise me, especially the company I work at! Oh, you can get all the latest rumors, and when it monthly meeting rolls around, upper management will skate around the answer until the next meeting rolls around, or until they decide to email everyone.

I got my new 'release' window and it's the first 3 weeks of July! I cannot wait to get out. Right now, it's just hard to get another job, because I dont know when I will be released within those 3 weeks So, right now they have the upperhand.
post #3 of 5
I've just been made redundant with another 1500 people from a company I'd been with for 8 years. The rumours had been rife for months, and it was a relief when I finally received the notice, after all the worry. So, listen to the rumours - they don't just start for no reason.

I feel liberated - I am calm, unstressed and loving spending more time with my cats, who are more affectionate and interact with me more.

Yes, I do have to find a new job soon, but am enjoying the "rest".

Good luck with your job search.
post #4 of 5
I wish I could've gotten fired. I would've like the severance package, but I gave up and quit! Wednesday is my last day, I am soooo happy! Not the best time to be looking for a job, but I'd rather do it than be miserable.

Well, good luck to all us job seekers!
post #5 of 5
Good luck with finding a new job!
At first when I found out I was going to be let go in June, it upset me. I worried what would happen when we couldn't pay our bills, etc. Now, I am fine with it. I won't have to work for the company & put up with their bs. I won't have to work 12 hour nights or nights at all. Yes, I will have to take a paycut, but I will deal with it. We got about $2000 from federal and state for our tax returns, and $1500 of it went towards my hubby's laptop computer. We have about $500 of it to pay off. We would've had it paid off, but we had to use the last $480 of it to pay our tags for our car. Hopefully, we won't have to rely on my severance package when I get let go...... Hopefully I can find a job before I get let go or fairly quick after that. Another thing, is when I do get let go, atleast there will be someone home all of the time (both night and day) so the cats won't be lonely. They seem so happy when we are home with them...... and more calm, too!
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