Is there a threat of dismissal? If you know, you have an advantage
If the next step in your career is about to take place, then a change of employer is often the right way to go. Receiving a completely unexpected dismissal, on the other hand, acts like a cold shower for all career ambitions.
The whole thing seems really unfair even if you have nothing to blame yourself. But that’s no reason to bury your head in the sand – according to the motto: “What I don’t see won’t happen.”
It pays to be attentive: As a rule, there are always signs of impending termination. And those who know early on can often act in good time. Or at least walk out of the uncomfortable situation with your head held high.
The company is in trouble
Whether it is floor radio or solid evidence in the form of annual financial statements and media reports: If you notice that the company is not doing well economically or that a sale is pending, you should take this as a warning sign. In such cases, layoffs for operational reasons are not uncommon – and often threaten regardless of your work performance.
Another sign: High performers are leaving the sinking ship – your supervisor may also be one of them, who has applied elsewhere and suddenly, surprisingly, goes out on strike.
New employees are handing over the handle
“Hello, I’m the new one!” Again?
If strong employee turnover sets in and positions are cheerfully changed on the executive floor, this should make you suspicious. Perhaps the company management is desperately looking for people who can give new impulses to get back on the road to success. Other warning signs do not necessarily have to have something to do with the economic situation of the company – instead it concerns you personally:
The manager has you on the kicker
Your supervisor has noticeably often asked you for an employee appraisal lately, has you been telling you with more controls or has constant questions about your work results? You, therefore, have the feeling that you are only being watched, and you constantly have to justify yourself?
This can be an indication that a reason is being sought to give you notice of termination. If negative performance reviews are next, you are denied privileges and not granted vacations, the alarm bells should ring.
You are getting overwhelmed with work
Suddenly the work is piling up on your desk, new orders come in by email almost every minute – of course, we are happy to finish them until yesterday. This can be a method to push you to your limits and get yourself to quit.
Another variant: You ostensibly receive a promotion and are now allowed to bear more responsibility (and like to spend an hour or two longer in the office) – but without, that the salary goes up. So they might want to “praise you” to save yourself from having to quit.
You’re going to land on the siding
Your inbox is suspiciously quiet. Your phone rings less often. Tasks for which you were previously responsible are suddenly delegated to a colleague. And when was the last time you were invited to the meeting?
If you have the feeling that important information is flowing past you and your opinion is no longer in demand, it looks like the boss has written you off inside – it is until you quit maybe not long after that.
Another sign of being sidelined: if at all, you only get simple and boring tasks that do not match your qualifications. Most of the day, however, there is nothing for you to do.
Straining, i.e., bullying through boredom, builds up a lot of stress and pressure to justify itself. The strategy? Either you resign yourself – or you will be given notice at some point since you are obviously superfluous.
You are receiving a warning
The warning is a clear sign that you are threatened with dismissal – and in this case also that the boss was successful in his “troubleshooting” and found something he can chalk you up.
Impending termination: This is how you should react
If you have noticed one or more signs of impending dismissal, you should act strategically from now on.
- Don’t panic: There must be good reasons for termination by the employer to be watertight under labor law. If this is not the case, you have a good chance of taking legal action against the dismissal.
- Do not ponder endlessly about the why and when – that will not get you anywhere and will inhibit you even more in your daily tasks.
- If you have the feeling that you have fallen out of favor with the boss, an open conversation will help. Ask him about the reasons for the sudden change – in the best-case scenario, it turns out that you misinterpreted the situation.
- Take the opportunity to work on solutions together with your supervisor. Show commitment and behave professionally.
- Check your private finances and make a plan to bridge a short period of unemployment if necessary. How much did you save? What expenses can you reduce?
- Prepare the job search: Bring your application documents up to date and activate your network. So you are prepared for any eventuality – and you may even find the decisive impetus for a professional reorientation.