There are times when you get a call to human resources suspecting that you must be getting a raise, as youâ€™ve been doing such a stellar job, only to be taken by surprise that youâ€™re actually being fired. These times are rare.
There are other times, however, when youâ€™re frighteningly awaiting that call that youâ€™re being let go because youâ€™ve been getting â€śthe signs.â€ť
Whatâ€™s worse, though, is if youâ€™ve been getting the signs, but you havenâ€™t noticed them so now your firing has blindsided you.
Below are 10 tell-all signs that a firing is coming so you can be best prepared when it does:
1. Youâ€™re not invited to meetings you used to be required to attend
This is a huge sign. Your employer is now looking to collaborate, delegate, and make decisions without your input. They are also figuring out ways to work around you, not with you. Beware.
2. You arenâ€™t assigned projects with distant deadlines
If more and more all of your tasks can be completed in a day or even a week with no long-term projects on your plate, there could be a chance that youâ€™re being weeded out. SaferÂ or desired employees are often given long-term commitments.
3. Youâ€™re getting fewer and fewerÂ emails
Those emails aren’t just disappearing; they are being redirected or intercepted. If youâ€™re no longer needed in the loop, thenâ€¦
4. Youâ€™re being asked to train your subordinate and/or create a blueprint on everything you do throughout the day and exactly how you do it
Your employer is likely looking to ensure that once youâ€™re gone, your balls will keep rolling.
5. Your boss is growing distant
If your boss is no longer looking to build a rapport or cultivate a friendlyÂ relationship with you, they are probably trying to make it easier for you (and them) to accept the inevitable ax thatâ€™s coming down.
6. Your performance reviews are more negative than positive
If your employer has significantly more notes and requests for improvement from you than praise when reviewing your performance, they are likely unhappy with what youâ€™ve been doing. Trust they wonâ€™t allow themselves to be unhappy for too long.
7. Your perks are cut
If you used to be the first to be given a chance to take a cool work trip, enjoy a free dinner, or get any requested time off, but now youâ€™re the last, know that your days are likely numbered.
If every time you enter a room you notice that conversations are being cut off, yes, they are talking about you, and yes, they already know whatâ€™s coming.
9. Youâ€™ve done the unthinkable
If youâ€™ve recently dropped one of the heaviest balls at work and it causes the company to suffer a large hit, they likely are now looking at you as a liability. They canâ€™t really afford liabilities.
10. Thereâ€™s a warning
If youâ€™ve been threatened or warned that youâ€™re in the realm of firing, donâ€™t take that lightly. Prepare for next steps.
If some, many, or all of the above are happening to you, itâ€™s time to rework your rĂ©sumĂ©. If youâ€™re lucky, you wonâ€™t have to wait on the inevitable firing, youâ€™ll already be on to your next gig so you can beat them to the punch.
Best of luck!
Safon Floyd is the Digital Editor at Black Enterprise. Follow her @accordingtofon.