Perhaps you are not overly concerned about the outcome of President Obama’s push for an extension of jobless benefits for thousands of Americans whose only source of support is ending. Perhaps you are secure in your job and your career has a great outlook. Before you click away from this article, however take a brief self-assessment to determine whether you should pay closer attention to changes in the labor market statistics.
Studies have found that it takes a terminated worker approximately one month for every $10,000 earned in salary to replace his or her previous job. Therefore if you earn $60,000 a year, you might anticipate upto six months of aggressive job search before landing a comparable job. Given the current status of the economy and the demand for your given field, the search process may also be adjusted.
So how do you know if you are in danger of being fired, layed off, downsized or otherwise canned? Here are ten red flags that your livelihood may be in peril. If you can answer yes to at least three of the ten there is a good chance that a fresh new resume and intensified professional networking may be in order for you.
Ten red flags you’re about to be fired
- Are you left out of important meetings in which you were formerly included?
- Is your boss avoiding direct contact or eye contact with you?
- Have you been repeatedly passed over for promotions or training opportunities?
- Have you been disciplined or given an unfavorable performance review?
- Does your boss pass work assignments or information on to your co-workers or your staff before sharing with you?
- Have your job duties been significantly reduced?
- If you supervise others, does your boss refuse to support you when issues arise with employees
- Are off-site “planning sessions or meetings” held for your peers, but you are not notified or invited to the pow-wows?
- Has your office, work area, desk or cubicle been downgraded to a less desirable location?
- Do co-workers stop talking when you enter a room?
Trust your instincts, contact your human resources or labor relations advisors and review your employee handbook to clearly understand any internal policies regarding your concerns. Even if your company claims to have an “open door policy” where you can take your concerns directly to your manager’s boss, caution is advised. When in doubt, seek legal counsel. A competent employment attorney will be able to help you sort through a complex maze of workplace issues and identify positive options to save your job or help you to exit with the best settlement to which you are entitled.
By taking heed to the red flags of impending termination you may be able to buy time to protect your existing employment while planning your next move.