14 Secret Signs You Might Be Getting Fired
HR pros reveal how to avoid getting a pink slip, how to know when it’s coming, and what to do when you’re shown the door.
You feel under-valued in the office
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You’re not invited to meetings you expected to attend. You don’t receive copies of sensitive documents that affect your department. You don’t get a straight answer whenever you ask someone what’s up. These could all be signs that your boss doesn’t trust you or is starting to doubt your abilities. If you bring up the situation and don’t get real feedback, your termination could be imminent.
You’re asked to take a leave of absence
Even if you’ve been told it’s in your best interest, this is a serious red flag. Take that time to check job listings in your field and inquire about interviews. (If you’re not happy at your job, try these tips to help you quit.)
Colleagues are working more than you
Feel like you suddenly have more free time while others in the office are taking on extra assignments? It could be because they’re (probably unknowingly) making up for the work that you’ll soon be leaving behind.
Your boss passes assignments down the rung
If work normally assigned to you is being given to junior staffers, it’s a sign that you’re no longer needed in the chain of command. To quote a popular TV show, you’ve become the weakest link. You’ll be saying goodbye soon. (These are productive ways you can make the most out of getting fired.)