Losing your job is never an easy thing, especially when it happens suddenly, without any warnings. It is important for an employee to be able to notice the subliminal red flags that could announce a potential lay off. This way, he/she will be more able to recognize them, act upon them, and maybe take it with a better perspective. Here are a few signs your boss is secretly planning your exit.
1. They are watching your every move
If your boss suddenly starts micromanaging you, it might mean that you are doing something wrong. Most often, this is not a good sign. It shows that your boss no longer thinks they can trust you to get the job done. This is a red flag for any employee. It is an indicator that you are under close control and should watch your every move. However, this is not a reason to get all paranoid. If you notice some micromanagement habits from your boss, it could be that they are considering promoting you or making you switch departments. Do not be afraid to clearly communicate with your boss, ask questions, and share your concerns. This will save you moments of anxiety and stress.
2. You get several bad evalutations in a row
Evaluations are a reflection of how your boss/manager thinks you have been perfoming in the last months or year. Getting several poor evaluations is a sign that they are not satisfied with your performance. It is a way for them to tell you, “if you don’t get yourself together, we are going to have a problem”. Make sure they give you a clear idea of what you need to change or start doing in order to improve your performance.
3. Your work is being redistributed
When your work is bein assigned to other colleague, it might be that they are discretely planning your leave. If they do so without you asking for a lighter work load, it is a sign that they think you cannot handle the work anymore. If you notice that actions are taken to assign your work to others, ask management why they have decided to do so and if there is anything else you could do to compensate.
4. Your coworkers are acting weird
Chances are, some other people will know when you are about to get laid off. This will add some tension in the atmosphere because some coworkers won’t know exactly how to act. If things get awkward in the cafeteria and people start avoiding you, you should ask yourself questions. If they are not planning you a surprise party or baby shower… it’s a red flag.
5. They are downsizing
When your company decides to downsize, it is not the time to stay passive because you could be the next victim. It might be because they are low on financial means or simply looking to have a more productive staff. Either way, it is a red flag. Everything you do seems to be wrong. When it seems that you are no longer doing anything right, it might be a sign that your boss no longer wants you around. You will get many discreet negative feedbacks, often by emails to avoid direct communication. If this is the case, it is probably a sign that your boss has already made plans in his/her head to let you go and is no longer making any efforts.
As hard as losing your job might be to accept, it is a part of the process. If you think you are about to lose your job, it is the right time to start searching. Short Stints provides all the tools you’ll need to get connected with the right recruiters. Sign up today!
Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints