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10 Signs You Will Be Laid Off

10 Signs You Will Be Laid Off

By Denise Kersten,

April 30, 2009

In lean times few organizations can afford to pay employees to surf the Web. And — try though you may — when management starts looking for places to trim, “looking” busy isn’t good enough.

As a senior manager in the Los Angeles office of a high-tech consulting firm, Chris Keller was asked to designate employees for layoffs. “If there were large projects that were billable and you were working on those projects, you weren’t totally without worry, but they would go for those that were on the bench first,” he says. Seek out new opportunities to bring in revenue. Making money for the company is the best way to ensure your place within an organization.

2. Writing on The Wall

Yes, we all know the rumor mill churns out vast amounts of misinformation.

That said, nearly every worker interviewed got wind of restructuring and layoffs before any official announcement. So put your ear to the grapevine, and evaluate your sources carefully. Think about job alternatives so if you are cut, you’ll be able to bounce back as quickly as possible.

3. Industry Woes

Most downsized workers who didn’t notice any internal smoke signals point to industry-wide trouble as their key tip-off. When stocks tumble and similar companies slash their staffs, it’s time to polish your resume.

4. Strained Relationships

Personal feelings shouldn’t enter into management decisions. But very often they do.

“Given a circumstance where you have two people who are pretty much of equivalent value and equivalent productivity, emotional factors are going to come into play,” says Roy Abitbol, an Atlanta-based software project manager who was laid off in July.

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