Summary:

Being fired from your job is a frightening experience that can happen to anyone, at any point in their career. Since job security is a necessity for most people, this just makes the possibility of getting fired more stressful and hard to process.

Signs That You Are About To Get Fired

Being fired from your job is a frightening experience that can happen to anyone, at any point in their career. Since job security is a necessity for most people, this just makes the possibility of getting fired more stressful and hard to process. 

Getting fired is more common than you might think! A study done by “Branded” found that approximately one-third of all workers have been fired from a position at some point in their career:

Unfortunately, in many instances the firing comes as a complete surprise, without any advance warning from management. There are many reasons for being fired. It is important to be able to recognize the signs that your job might be at risk, so that you can proactively take the necessary steps to do what you can to keep your job.

How to recognize the signs that you might soon be fired:


Negative performance reviews

Great performance feedback includes a well-balanced discussion of areas where an employee met or surpassed expectations, as well suggestions for areas that require improvement. If you notice that the feedback seems to be more about the areas in need of improvement than areas of strengths, there might be a chance that your manager may be trying to tell you that things are not looking good.

Multiple performance reviews with less than ideal feedback probably means that your job is at risk. Normally, a company will allow you to make corrections and improve your performance before deciding to terminate your position, but if there is no recognition of improvement over time. That’s not good.


You start being left out

If you find yourself suddenly left out of important conversations, not invited to important meetings, not included in key email chains, or no longer asked for input on crucial team decisions - this might be a sign that you are being groomed to receive bad news.

If you oversee other employees and notice that your manager goes directly to them about matters instead of through you, there may be unspoken issues at play.  In such a case, we’d advise you to book one-on-one time with your boss to voice your concerns and see if a corrective strategy can be put in place.


Being set up to fail

Looking back, you used to be assigned tasks to complete that were well within your skill level. Now the tasks assigned to you seem to be beyond your abilities, often paired with very challenging due dates.  Or worse, you may be assigned tasks that are confusing and unclear, accompanied by less support than usual from your team and from your boss. 

Although this might be due to mismanagement or lousy leadership, it may also be that your manager is only providing instruction, guidance, and support based on how you should be performing at this time in your development.  Should you not perform to the expected standard of quality with the level of independence expected of you, the shortcomings may be entered into your record of employment as evidence of poor performance. 

If you see this playing out in your job, don’t be shy to express your concerns about the work you are being asked to do. In some cases you may be able to salvage the relationship before things deteriorate to the point of no return. 


You have received several warnings from your manager

Formal warnings are never a good thing, whether they are done verbally or in writing. Regular messages from your manager pointing out errors, with little to no positive feedback, might be a sign that a termination is coming. If you realize this to be the case for you, it might be a good idea to set up a meeting with your employer to go review previous feedback in order to show them that you have been open to suggestions and have made improvements. If this leads to a dead end, start thinking about new opportunities elsewhere.


Fewer Projects are assigned to you.

If you find yourself with less work and see new projects being passed on to others, this could mean that you are being phased out. Decreased responsibilities could mean that your manager no longer has faith in your ability to execute them well and is getting ready to terminate you from your position.

If you show a willingness to do more, but you still find yourself with a lack of work to do, it is likely only a matter of time before you are relieved of your responsibilities altogether.


Don’t be scared, being fired is not the end

No one wants to be told that regardless of their efforts and contributions, they are being let go. Although starting over elsewhere can be a challenge, look at a firing as an opportunity for a fresh start. Try not to look back with rose-coloured glasses. If your employer let you go, the relationship was no longer a “win-win”. 

In most cases, once fired workers have started new employment, they confirm that they have no desire to go back to their previous workplace - even if their old job was offered to them on a silver platter. 

If you see a career change in your future, but don’t know how to prepare for that eventuality, consider working with our Career Coaches. They can help you to recognize your value and point in the direction of opportunities that align with your career aspirations.

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