Is getting fired in your future? Don't ignore the signs.
Have you been feeling a bit edgy around the office lately? Does it seem like something might be up? Don't ignore these inklings. Indeed, something could be up — you might be getting fired soon. While in some cases, being fired looms in the distance before actually coming to fruition, other times it can be swift and painful.
"Your colleagues are avoiding you. The chatter around the water cooler goes quiet when you walk by," Augustine says. "Your co-workers stop inviting you to lunch."
If your gut is telling you something isn't right at the office, don't ignore it. Look for the following five signs you're getting fired to determine if your job is in jeopardy.
Your performance review didn't go so well
Your superior tells you, more or less, that your work hasn't been up to par. If there's any inference you're not meeting performance expectations, you should be doing whatever you can to combat those shortcomings. Have you been given the chance to improve? Or have you been told explicitly that things aren't working out? While one negative review doesn't guarantee that you'll be fired, more than one poor performance review could mean trouble. In other words, you might want to take some time to update your resume, as any sort of verbal or written warning should be taken very seriously. It could mean further bad news will follow.
Your role isn't expanding
Instead of taking on new responsibilities, your list of projects continues to shrink. You're getting passed over for assignments, even after voicing your interest in taking on more work. If you're noticing that you suddenly have quite a bit of time on your hands, you might want to examine the bigger picture to find out what exactly is going on. Lost confidence equals less work.
There's a changing of the guards
Whenever there's a change in management, you can expect stress levels to rise around the office. However, if your new boss has settled in and the tension persists, remain on high alert. It's not uncommon for a new executive to come in and clean house. If your boss is spending a lot of time behind closed doors with HR, take it as a sign to update your resume. This is especially true for executive-level employees. New CEOs and other high-level executives are often hired with the marching orders to execute change. If you're an executive and your boss was replaced, it might be a good idea to start getting your professional materials in order.
Your manager is giving you the cold shoulder
Has the situation with your manager become increasingly tense? You asked your boss for a one-on-one meeting, but they keep postponing it and dodging your calls. You requested a salary review, but were immediately turned down without any explanation. You find that your boss is constantly monitoring your work and micromanaging you or ignoring you altogether. Regardless of if your relationship with your manager was once cordial, these signs are not to be ignored.
No one's asking for your point of view
If you're no longer being included in discussions in which you previously participated, consider it a red flag. Not being invited to one meeting isn't cause for concern. However, if you're repeatedly left off email threads or meeting invites, you have a reason to be anxious. This could mean that your point of view is no longer valued or could be a sign that you're being phased out.
Click on the following link to learn about more signs that you're about to be fired.
If you're concerned that you're getting fired soon and a pink slip may be in your future, now's the time to take action. Take the necessary steps now to prepare for the job search ahead – not after you get the axe.
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