You’ve been toiling away at yet another project that your thankless boss has happily bestowed upon you, but you still aren’t seeing the end of your to do list. While the idea of just quitting has crossed your mind more than once in the past few weeks, maybe it’s time to do a double take and find out what exactly is causing the problem. Many people mistake job angst for something they’re doing wrong, and before they know it, they learn they’re being given pink slip. Here are seven warning signs you’re about to get fired:
1. You’ve been asked to move offices. Downsizing your environment is a classic maneuver by the passive aggressive boss, and it’s quite likely pink slip along with your new sets of files. If you’ve become an undervalued employee after years of hard work, it’s likely something is a little off kilter. Discuss it with your boss and request a performance review if needed.
2. Your job description has been reevaluated and cut down. If you find yourself being assigned a special project, or asked to work on different responsibilities, followed by a complete restructure of your job description, it’s likely that you’re being replaced. Make sure that you are in agreement about this change before signing a contract or putting anything in writing. The company may be trying to phase you out slowly but surely.
3. It’s taking much longer than usual to get approval on your project. At first, you wrote it off as your boss was just too busy, or you just caught them at the wrong time. But, if you find this starts to be a regular pattern they may truly be trying to get rid of you. While persistence is a virtue, don’t be fooled into thinking that you will get results for doing the same old thing; a concerned and levelheaded meeting may be what you need to learn why this is becoming a problem.
4. You’ve been asked to attend another training conference— for the fourth time this month. While leadership training and improving your skills are all well and good, all this time away from the office is not helping your productivity. Training sessions should be followed up with your supervisor; if you find yourself attending these with no formal evaluation, a pink slip may find itself on your desk very soon.
5. Nobody said anything about one of your biggest mistakes to date. You’ve always been conscientious about your work, but recently made a critical mistakete; while you expected the worst, nobody said a thing — for weeks. In many cases you’ll be hearing from the Big Boss, very, very soon.
6. Your daily tasks are starting to feel like Mission Impossible. No matter how hard you work, or how many extra hours you put in, you’re asked to re-evaluate anything you submit, and its becoming difficult to get anything approved (see #3). It’s a passive aggressove tactic and another slow-phase out maneuver. Making your job impossible is meant to encourage you to leave on your own, giving the company a chance to forego the firing process altogether.
7. You are no longer take seriously at the company meeting. The audience that was once dazzled and amazed by your PowerPoint presentations is no longer eager to praise you for the latest speech. If you notice the audience simply ‘checking out’ as you step up to the podium, it may be time to rethink your current position.
If you’re not sure where you stand in your position, the obvious course of action is to request a performance review. However, if you’re not seeing any improvements in your boss’s satisfaction level, or start experiencing some strange occurrences with coworkers, you may be on the path to being fired in the very near future. If you are experiencing any two of the seven signs, it’s likely that a pink slip is on its way. If and when the inevitable occurs, read up on ‘How to Survive Being Fired’ by Mikka Mabius to make it through the ordeal!