Nearly everyone who has had their employment terminated will tell you that there were signs of the termination either all along, or at least there was some kind of warning signs close to the event.
One of the most recent signs that may be present is that a person represented as a new employee appears to have a way-too-similar job to yours. In short order, you are asked to train that person as to the duties of your position. If you have a company that you know is growing by leaps and bounds, it may be okay. But generally, this is a bad sign, and you may want to get a new job lined up as soon as possible.
Think about past performance reviews
You could use your most recent past performance review as a gauge as your future with the company. Low ratings are one thing in and of themselves; however, if you are tasked with a difficult road to improve your performance, or if you disagree and are required to respond in writing to your disagreement(s), these are not good signs, even if this is common practice for the company.
Keep copies of everything and try to get a hold of your better performance reviews, should you need them in the future. Some companies that are not unionized and/or are no longer unionized know that you do not have much recourse.
One final word on this: If your supervisor has little to say about the matter, and treats you at all differently after the review process concludes (too nice or not as nice as usual), you are likely in trouble. You may wish to take note of the behavior of others in the department, especially your supervisor’s superiors.
Questions about tardiness and absences
If you are suddenly being asked for doctors’ notes or other documentation for any absences and people seem to notice that you are even just a little late, it’s possible you’re being considered for termination.
Changes in your workload
If any part of your workload seems to have significantly changed—whether it has gone up significantly or gone down substantially—and you couple it up with other things that may be going on, it’s time to reevaluate the situation. Things in general might just feel “off,” and just like anything else in life, you must not be in denial and listen to your gut.
Talk with someone
Speaking of listening to your gut—if this ends up being your first termination, talk to someone in your life who has lost a job or left a job for whatever reason. Heed their advice, hear their stories, and let them tell you it will all work out. You may also want to confide in a sibling or best friend, someone you trust with your life, because it may be a difficult situation for you to go through alone.
Don’t wait on your job search
If you cannot be out of work, be sure to start your search for something new sooner, rather than later. Preferably before you are terminated, get some letters of recommendation that become part of your job search file.
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