How to avoid getting blindsided by a layoff

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 12:00:41 AM. Workplace advice: Don’t let “I didn’t see it coming” be the refrain you sing.
"I didn't see it coming." Then, when it was too late, when the human resources department or your supervisor handed you a layoff or termination notice, you wondered how you'd let yourself be blindsided. You'd thought yourself a rising star, your talent immunizing you against negative consequences. You didn't see the signals that warned you that you'd skated onto thin ice once too often. Now, you're out. If you'd like to avoid this happening in the future, here are three clues to watch for and three areas you need to pay attention to. A sea change Cumulus clouds that grow faster vertically than horizontally portend a severe thunderstorm. In the same way, an uneasy feeling in your gut can warn you that you've lost favor with your boss or senior management. If you're unwise, you'll tell yourself you're imagining things and wait for a dramatic signal. If you're smart, you'll act immediately, by asking your boss for a meeting during which you ask specific questions to uncover how he thinking you're doing. Then, you'll use what you learn to head off trouble. Sidelined If you're left out of crucial meetings or notice that decisions impacting you are now made by others, you've been marginalized. When your boss or other senior managers begin ignoring you, there's a reason – and you need to find it. Cool breeze When colleagues stop dropping by or turn "cool," it often means they see what you haven't – you're in trouble and they fear it's contagious. Don't let yourself be the last to...Read more
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