Being fired or laid off without any warning can be a stressful problem. Half of Americans do not have enough money saved to pay more than three months of bills, so a loss of a job can be a devastating blow to a one’s finances.

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There may be a way to predict whether you are on the road to a possible layoff or firing — you just have to pay attention to the signs.

Reasons you may be fired and what you can do to prevent it from happening:

Regular tardiness — Arriving late to work regularly is never a good thing and constant tardiness will annoy your employer.

This is a no-brainer, but you should try your best to be on time, which means waking up earlier, preparing your work belongings the night before and preparing your lunch ahead of time.

Improper conduct — Work environments are more preferable when everyone feels comfortable around one another. Conducting yourself in a manner that disrupts the work environment can lead to an overall dislike for you in the office. Treat your colleagues with respect, and they should do the same.

Refer to your company policy when it comes to how to conduct yourself properly. Speak with a human resources representative about any concerns you may have. It’s always best to handle arguments or disagreements in a professional manner.

You train someone for your position — Believe it or not, some companies make their employees train a new hire in an attempt to get rid of employees they will eventually fire. Training a new employee while the company is going through budget cuts may be a big sign that you are going to be let go.

Have a meeting with your boss and ask about your performance and your future within the company. Consider giving suggestions for how you can increase your value, and ways you can help improve the company. It’s best to tackle this situation head on.

You regularly make mistakes — Constantly find yourself committing major errors that jeopardize the company? Regularly making big mistakes can greatly hinder your credibility.

Double check everything you do, or have a fellow employee take a quick glance at your work before you submit it. If you are unsure of something, be sure to ask first.

Meetings are held without you — Don’t panic if you were never part of meetings before. It’s probably a red flag if your presence is no longer needed at meetings you were previously a part of.

Spark up conversation with your colleagues and superiors regarding current or future projects. If you do feel like you can be of help, casually bring up your ideas. A superior may like your suggestions and invite you in on the next meeting so that everyone can hear your input.


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Signs that indicate you may be laid off

When it comes to losing your job, a layoff is a completely different situation than getting fired. The company’s situation as a whole may be the reason your position is in jeopardy.

Lookout for these signs that indicate your company may be forced to lay you off due to budgeting concerns:

  • Company earnings are decreasing or low in general
  • Your boss starts laying off your coworkers or people in another department
  • Clients start taking their business elsewhere
  • You notice your boss in a lot of closed-doors meetings
  • Less tasks are provided for you to complete
  • You’re asked to take a leave of absence
  • Your days and hours are cut
  • Managers constantly ask about the projects you are working on
  • Your bio on the company website it taken down
  • Your company is in talks to merge with or be absorbed by another company

Regardless, remember to build your network

Building your network can prove fruitful in helping you maintain your job, or finding work in the event you lose your current position. There are two reasons why networking can help your career.

First, establishing good relations with everyone in your office can help give you a solid reputation in general. Companies prefer keeping individuals who make a work environment comfortable, as opposed to people who bring negative tension to work. When a company has to make the decision to cut certain individuals, people who are well-liked are taken into account for all of the positive energy they bring to the office. Being likeable can pay off by helping you keep your job.

Second, networking can land you a job. In the event you are fired or laid off, a former coworker or boss may be able to help use their networking power to land you another job. You never know who you might meet who can open the next door for you.

Add people to your professional network on LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social media networks you feel will help you stay connected. Keep in touch and build good relations with everyone you work with. You never know when a favor from someone in your network can help save your career.


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    These are things that my boss at my last corporate position did, many years ago–
    1. Waiting until I left for lunch, then calling “emergency” meetings of all my staff. Later that day, berating me in front of other department heads because none of my staff were taking phone calls during the meeting he called.
    2. (Pre e-mail) Taking my reports to corporate out of the nightly overnight “pouch”, then berating me for “not sending reports on time.” Also taking our memos from corporate TO me, requesting reports, then screaming at me in public for not filing reports I never knew had been requested.
    3. (Same) Sending reports with my signature forged, consisting of wildly erratic statements and nonsensical numbers.
    4. Filing reports with the corporate personnel department about meetings that never took place.
    5. Forging my name on an annual review that never happened.
    6. Charging hotel bills for his “afternoon delight” sessions with his (married) secretary to MY budget, then claiming they were MY charges and that I was having an affair with my top assistant (I could only wish–nice woman, very attractive, and we were both single).
    I’m so glad I beat him to the punch and resigned.