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Job security is a big deal among the members of today’s workforce. With economy still standing on shaky grounds and the cost of living rocketing to almost sky high, it is not hard to fathom why every employee’s primary concern now is how to hold on tight to his steady source of livelihood.
A regular worker certainly knows the importance of clinging on to his job. What he may not know is how to make sure that he won’t be singled out by management once dreadful company decisions like downsizing and merging come striking. Needless to say, to be given the pink slip is the worst nightmare that every nine to five guy could have. It messes up one’s career plans. It jeopardizes one’s future. It demoralizes one’s spirit:
Yet to be bumped off from your post is a fact of professional life. When the wheel of competition rolls, no one is completely untouchable. Even CEOs and other company executives can be given the axe under certain circumstances. What more for an ordinary workplace fellow who is always regarded as an expendable part of the organization?
For sure, no one wants to be fired from his job unceremoniously. But then again, if your time is up you’ve got nothing else to do but accept it. The important thing is that while you’re giving your best shot at all time, you are also prepared for the worst that could happen.
If you suspect that you’re being considered for termination, confirm your feelings by looking at these signs:
1. You get the feeling of an outsider. Two years ago you were considered the company’s go-to- guy. You orchestrated some of the plays and were always one of the first people in the office to know it there’s a corporate scoop coming. Your boss trusted you with vital information and the prospect of your future looked bright. However, things have alarmingly changed these days. You’re no longer invited to attend crucial meetings. Your immediate superior seldom seeks your suggestion. Your responsibilities have been significantly decreased. When there’s an apparent lost of trust from the person you’re working for, you might be headed for the nearest exit in a matter of days or weeks.
2. Your boss has advised you to take a vacation. A break granted when you don’t need it or seek for it can raise many questions on your part. But if you think logically, you’ll understand what kind of message your superior is actually attaching to his statement. This is not the normal reprieve that a battered employee receives after weeks of non-stop work. This is not the ordinary vacation given at the end of the fiscal year when everybody else deserves a few rest days. In an indirect manner, your boss may be trying to say that he doesn’t want your presence around the office for the time being. Maybe you have put up a sub-standard performance in your latest project. Maybe you have fallen short of your job description.
3. You need an attitude overhaul. You say a word and the people around you never take it seriously. You do a thing and your colleagues just shrug their shoulders and never bother to comprehend. Instead of casting your influence on others, they are the ones who are mouthing off criticism to your direction. They complain about your bloating ego. They talk about your penchant to say the first thing that comes off your mind, even if such remark offends someone near you. In short, they have completely thrown off the window their respect on you. Are you still in-tune with the times? Are you still in control of yourself? Or do you need a refreshing course on how to be sensitive and decent in dealing with your co-workers?
For more please read: How to Tell If You’re Considered For Termination – Part II