You’re being set up to fail
If your employer wants you out, there needs to be clear evidence that you’re no longer a productive worker. Cynthia Shapiro, former human resources executive and author of Corporate Confidential: 50 Secrets Your Company Doesn’t Want You to Know said, “If there was someone we no longer wanted at the company, we’d give him all the worst assignments on impossible deadlines, set him up to fail, and document that. After a few months, we could safely terminate him.” (Watch out for these 13 things HR won’t tell you about keeping your job.)
Your company is going through a merger
Mergers usually lead to some sort of layoffs, even if it’s not a complete overhaul. You’re especially vulnerable if you’re in a staff position. Changes in leadership can also signal a change in your job status. A new boss may want to bring in new perspectives on the company or people that he’s already familiar with—and sometimes those mean the same thing.