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Getting fired from a job is never easy, and can sometimes feel a little out of the blue. It is not always due to work performance. The most common reason of getting fired in the United Kingdom is internet usage. A significant 21 per cent of Brits have been fired due to personal internet use on work computers. Sometimes getting laid off could be because you are made redundant as part of a mass layoff.
In many cases, there are many telltale signs that you are about to be laid off, and it will be better to look out for them before it is too late.
You Are Being Left Out Of Meetings And Projects
Have you always been part of meetings and key projects, and you’re suddenly not part of either? When an employer starts reassigning your usual workload to other employees with little to no explanation, this may be a sign that the company is preparing for your departure.
If you find yourself in this harrowing position, consider approaching your boss and asking if there are different ways you should be approaching your projects. Ask for constructive criticism on your performance to try to improve. If your employer has no advice on how to approach certain projects, it might be time to ask if there is a particular reason you are being left out of important projects.
Be sure to approach in a calm and positive manner in order to keep a good impression.
You Are Being Scrutinised and Micromanaged
Being micromanaged and scrutinised on every little thing you do is not a comfortable working situation. Your boss may be less supportive of you than in previous months. This can be due to several reasons:
- Your job performance has deteriorated
- You have been put on a performance review
- Your boss may be micromanaging due to your lack of proficiency
- Or hopefully, you have just misread the situation
The best thing to do is schedule time with your boss, and again, ask them if they are satisfied with your work performance. If you are lucky, you will be offered substantial feedback that you can work on. If they say everything is fine and you are quickly dismissed from the meeting, there might be trouble.
Your Role Is Getting Dismantled
Having your role dismantled simply means that whatever role you are filling for your company is either no longer necessary for their survival or the role is going to be done in a completely new way.
In situations like this, it can be hard to ask what you can do when most likely, your boss has already decided what is happening with your role and how they are changing the company. Before you panic, ask yourself this, “Are they only getting rid of this role in my company or is this a trend in my entire industry?”
Your Company Isn’t Doing Well
Depending on your role, it may be easy to tell whether your company is failing or not. Asking your boss may not help in this situation as it is a sensitive subject. There are several ways you can check to see how the company is doing:
- Google the company and check reports and articles
- Ask your colleagues what they know
- Check to see if the company is suffering reputation reversals in the industry
- Follow your employer’s profile on LinkedIn and other relevant social media
- Everyone is constantly getting pay-cuts
- There are more and more people getting laid off periodically
If the company is doomed, there isn’t much you can do about it besides doing the best you can whilst you search for new career opportunities. Have a read through our guide on preparing for a job interview.
If you are fearful of the possible impending doom that is unemployment, do not worry. Getting laid off is not ideal, but not the end of the world. Hopefully these signs help you understand at an early stage what you want to do next.
Have a read of our guide on claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, which explains the benefits you can receive whilst job searching.