When it comes to your career, two questions constantly permeate your thoughts.
Are you content at your job?
But more importantly, is your job happy with you?
The latter inquiry might be the one that gnaws at your more so than the former, especially if you're convinced that your days are numbered within your workplace?
Is in paranoia on your part or have you truthfully picked up signs that your boss and co workers are counting down the days until you're gone?
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Here's a few signs your job might actually be in a bit of peril.
1. No one is saying much to you.
This one isn't so much whether or not you're discussing the trials and tribulations of Justin Bieber in the lunch room but rather if co workers or your boss especially have failed to mention important work related information, meetings or the happenings within the organization to you. It's particularly alarming if suddenly that Tuesday morning meeting you've attended for the last four years is missing from your docket.
2. You're not getting enough work
You may be enjoying not getting reports or spreadsheets dumped on you but that could be a major sign that you're position is being phased out or someone else is getting your work until they can find a new you.
3. The "For Sale" sign in the window
This one might not be your fault as much as it is the reality of your company being sold. New owners often want their own people running the show, and that could mean not only your job is in trouble but also that of your co workers or even supervisor.
4. The force out
The flip side to item number two is being bombarded with work and given unrealistic expectations as far as your workload goes. If your company is in the midst of a huge deal or big project, and you find yourself swamped, consider that a good thing. But if it's a regular, old Wednesday and your boss is piling on more to do and asking you to stay late five nights a week, then you may be in the midst of an undisclosed force out.
5. The Classified Ad
This one is pretty obvious and quite self explanatory: if your the Senior Account Manager, and you happen to see an ad on Monster.com that features your company along with an ad that is touting an open position of "Senior Account Manager," then you probably can connect those dots on your own.
6. You don't click with your new boss
You're so sad to see your boss leave for retirement, knowing full well that the two of you really connected. The new boss represents more time, effort and work you have to put in develop that same relationship, but if the initial meeting and subsequent interactions aren't exactly smooth, your future could be filled with rocky conversations and perhaps that new boss opting to replace you
7. You always seem angry and upset at work
Again, this one is in your court. Your manager might seem inept to you but they certainly can pick up on the idea that you're not enjoying your work. If you have an open relationship with her or she, then they may approach you to see what's wrong. If you're just another cog in their corporate wheel, they may note that your not happy and be apt to move on to the next valuable resume.
8. The (negative) reviews are in
The last few years at your current job have been amazing; your year end reviews read like an Oscar winning performance, you're confident that you're on the fast track to a better position, then it hits you: a scathing review. You're not sure why (it's fine to ask, too) or if there is something you did wrong (again, ask) but that review might be the company's way of justifying your early exodus from your desk chair.
9. No one listens to what you say
We've all had our fair share of ideas that are stinkers, but if you're constantly giving input and your opinions or ideas are being fluffed off or out right ignored, you might not be in the company's future plans and could get the obligatory "good luck in future endeavors" speech.
10. Your department is sent packing
If you are in charge of a set of employees and they're let go, chances are you will be to; think of it realistically, if there's no one left to manage, then why does the company need you. Similarly, if your department as a whole is having its budget whittled away and there is talk of eliminating the division all together, you should spend your lunch break looking at the want ads.
Any of these points of contention are worthwhile red flags that it's time to starting thinking about changing jobs, before someone else makes that decision for you.
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