by Roberta Chinsky Matuson, for
you one of the many people who have their heads hidden behind their
cubicles hoping the latest economic storm will blow over? If so, you
have a lot of company. However, hope is not a strategy. It is better to
be prepared than to get caught in a landslide.
Below are five signs your job is in jeopardy.
Mergers and Acquisitions
and acquisitions can mean only one thing to employees: duplication. In
all likelihood, there is someone in the other company performing a
similar job to the one you have in your company. In the end, only one
of you will be left standing. Never assume that person will be you.
Jaguars Become Rabbits
clear sign that your company has fallen on hard times is when the
president trades in his posh Jaguar for a Volkswagen Rabbit. He may be
telling everyone he is making the switch to conserve energy. Don't
believe it. This is a drastic cost-cutting measure. Your job may be
People No Longer Seek Your Opinion
used to be the "go to" person when people were seeking advice on
critical projects. Now they seem to go to everyone else but you. Do
they know something you don't know? Has your name been added to the
You Are No Longer on the Invite List
calendar used to be filled to the brim with meetings. Now you have time
on your hands to sneak in a manicure. Yet, everyone around you seems to
be constantly in meetings. If you've gone from being an "A Player" to
barely being ranked, then it's a clear sign you are no longer
Why wait to be escorted out the door? Now is a
good time to see what else is out
Your Competitors Are Slicing Their
Constant pruning by your competitors is a sign
that your industry
is in despair. Take the airline industry. Grounded flights, decreased
services, and a reduction in the number of travelers can only mean one
thing to employees in this industry. More layoffs on the horizon. It's
only a matter of time before your company jumps on board.
Don't be caught waiting for the ax to fall. Be
alert and notice the signs that your ties with your employer may soon
Roberta Matuson is president of Human Resource
Solutions, a firm that
provides consulting and training to resolve intergenerational conflicts
and help companies capitalize on the unique generational perspectives
of their workforce.