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How To Know If You're About To Lose Your Job

At some point or another we’ve all felt vulnerable in our jobs. Maybe you know you just haven’t been performing up to your potential. Or possibly your boss has been avoiding you and giving more projects to other coworkers. It could even just be that gut feeling that something isn’t right.

There are a number of red flags that signal change is about to happen in the workplace, specifically to you. I’ve written about this topic in my book, “From Cornered To Corner Office”.  When you see behaviors changing around you, you know that some kind of bigger change is causing those shifts in behavior. For example, something I’m sure we’ve all experienced is when we notice a coworker who starts coming into work dressed up more than the usual. Isn’t it natural to start thinking that maybe they are going on job interviews before or after work, maybe during lunch?

I recently came across a good take on these kinds of red flags via an article titled, Six Warning Signs You Could Lose Your Job. A lot of these signs cross over with my book, and I think it’s an article that’s definitely worth checking out. But if you don’t have time to read the whole thing, here’s a quick look at the six warning signs they lay out:

  1. Your company is in financial trouble.
  2. A merger or acquisition occurs.
  3. There’s a noticeable change in your boss’ behavior toward you.
  4. Unusual requests for documentation (i.e., documents you’ve put together that they may deem not up to standards).
  5. Being kept out of the loop by coworkers or management.
  6. Delays or disruptions in workplace cycles.

Again, I recommend you read the article for more insight into each of these red flags.

But what about you? Have you ever been in a situation where you thought you were going to lose your job? What kinds of warning signs did you see?