"You Are Fired!" - Expect the best but be prepared for the worst


The three coal-en (opposite of gold is coal) words.

I came across this interesting article. Read on.

There are two types of employee. One has a good idea of what they do, who they are and what position they play in the company. They are savvy. They know the score. They are under no delusions, and will no doubt leave for another job long before they are ever considered as cannon-fodder.

And then there’s the other kind. The guy who could get Gandhi to hate him. The woman who spends most of her day chatting on the phone to friends or doing online shopping. Or the nice chap in sales who is completely oblivious that the recent merger means his job is now obsolete. They all have Ostrich Syndrome. They couldn’t see a pink slip coming if it was 8ft tall and glowing in the dark, screaming “you’re fired!”

You want to avoid being in that 2nd category at all costs. So here is a a handy list. If you can answer yes to THREE or more of these questions, you may want to think about sprucing up your resume and dry-cleaning your best interview attire.

1 – Are you no longer in the loop about, well, anything?

2 - Did you recently screw up big-time?

3 – Are people avoiding you at all costs?

4 – Did your last performance review read like a train wreck?

5 – Has your company recently been sold or merged?

6 – Are you being given impossible jobs with no chance of success?

7 – Do you now have less responsibility than the intern?

8 – Has your office, cubicle or working space recently been down-sized?

9 – Do people whisper more, or does the conversation change as you approach?

10 – Did your recently receive a pay freeze or, worse still, a pay cut?

11 – Have you seen a job posting for your company that matches your job description?

12 – Does everyone hate you? I mean really dislike you with a passion?

13 – Have you recently been asked to take some time off?

14 – Are you noticing paper-trails between yourself and your superiors?

15 – Are you finding it almost impossible to get approval or ‘buy in’ on projects?

16 – Have you recently been asked to work on a “special project?”

17 – Are your successes and accomplishments being glossed over?

18 – Are you currently being ‘retrained’ or are taking coaching sessions?

19 – Has your immediate boss or mentor gone bye-bye?

20 – Have you recently been promoted to a position of less responsibility?

Remember, THREE or more and you’re more than likely heading for the unemployment line. Take a long hard look at your working life, and do something about it. After all, if you’re not good enough for them, then they’re not good enough for you.

Read the complete article here.

Article copied from: Wise Bread.



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