Must-Read: Are You About To Get Fired?
Getting fired is rarely really all that bad of a thing, in actuality. It’s generally from a job that you just weren’t right for in the first place, and one that you probably didn’t like all that much because of it. In a lot of ways, it’s the opening of a new door, which can turn out to be the greatest move you’re ever going to experience. The problem is when it happens out of nowhere. The feeling that comes with suddenly being thrust out into the world without a safety net is a hard one to swallow. Which means you have to pay attention if you’re close to having it happen to you.
And so today we’re heading over to Men’s Health where they have a list of seven things you should look out for as it means you’re probably about to get fired. Among the pieces of advice they’re handing out:
More one-on-one time with your boss.
It’s easy to mistake more face-time with the head honcho as trying to build or expand a relationship, but unless he explicitly compliments you, the meetings are likely meant to analyze your performance and perceived value. The real warning sign: when he starts asking how you feel about your own work. “This is an indirect way of him addressing his own concerns about your performance and productivity,” McMillan says. Fortunately, if you handle these conferences correctly, you can repair the damage before you’re written off. “Be humble and open to changing your behaviors, processes or communications,” McMillan advises. “Ask for training or mentoring to help improve your performance so your boss knows you want to remedy the situation.”
So if your boss seems to be asking for more alone time, don’t mistake it as a sign that they’re trying to take you under their wing. They may just be pulling you closer and closer in order to make the stabbing in the back that much more effective. So head on over to the above link to check out the other ways that you may be closer to getting fired than you thought.
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About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.