You may not know it yet, but you could be about to get fired.
It happens to a lot us, and most people admit they never saw it coming, new research reveals.
While being sacked is a real fear for many, just under one in five (18.7%) professionals admit it’s actually happened to them.
Worryingly, more than a half (53.8%) of them said they didn’t expect it.
Nearly three quarters (70.9%) of professionals said the most ominous sign to watch out for is if your boss ‘raises concerns about your performance’.
Just over two thirds (68%) said you may be on your way out if you ‘receive a formal disciplinary’.
If you experience one of these two signs, it’s time you made a serious change to save your job.
But there are still plenty of other signs to watch out for about the office.
The signs you’re about to get fired
Raised concerns around performance – 70.9%
Receiving a formal disciplinary – 68%
Recently making a big mistake at work – 37.4%
Upsetting a manager and/or co-worker(s) – 27.9%
Workload being reduced – 27.1%
Being avoided by managers – 23.7%
Hearing rumours from colleagues – 22.5%
Senior staff having lots of meetings – 22.0%
Shifts have been reduced – 16.9%
Manager is training up colleagues – 13.4%
If you recognise one or several of these signs, it’s not all doom and gloom.
There are many steps you can take to get you and your job back on track.
Think about your performance
Are there any areas you could improve on? By developing your skills, you can excel any areas you may be underperforming in.
Be clear on your rights
There’s certain boxes employers must tick before they can fire someone, so read up online to get a better understanding of your rights.
Arrange a meeting with your boss
Explain why you’re concerned about your job and be sure to come armed with examples of how you contribute towards the team.
Set up a meeting with HR
They’ll be clued up on the situation and are able to offer advice or intervene if you feel you’re facing unfair dismissal.
Prepare for the worst case scenario
While it’s difficult to think about, if you’re not right for the role it could be time to update your CV and browse other opportunities in your industry.
Lee Biggins, founder of online job site CV-Library, said: ‘If you’re concerned about your job, it’s best to speak with your manager or the HR department.
‘They’ll be able to help you identify if there really is a problem and advise you on how to resolve it.
‘What’s more, if you feel you’ve been dismissed unfairly, remember that you have rights, so seek legal help where necessary.’