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Signs Your Boss Wants to Fire You

Unfortunately for many working Americans, job security may rank among the biggest stressors brought on by office life. Between balancing the demands of the boss and your daily work load, the advent of new productivity technologies and the possibility of structural or administrative changes at your work, there are a number of things that could cost you your job. Regardless, staying in your boss' good graces is never a bad idea.

Salon reported that 93.4 percent of private sector workers are not members of a union, which means most folks around the U.S. are not immune from being let go. So-called employment at-will and other workplace norms make for a culture that does not guarantee folks from getting fired.

Most of the time termination from your job doesn't come as a total shock. Changes at the office may signal that your company is ready to shake things up, and consistently poor production or negative relationships with higher-ups may also be cause for concern. There are a number of avenues that lead to losing a job, but keeping an eye on your boss is a good way to avoid being blind-sided. 

Structural changes
According to Forbes, there are signs that your employment status may be in danger that have little or nothing to do with your performance as an employee.

For example, new management or a full-blown merger involving your company is always cause for concern. Administrative or financial changes within your company may be alarming, and following the latest business trends may include down-sizing. Regardless, these sorts of maneuvers can be confusing as an employee.

Depending on your boss' role at your company, it may be possible to extract important information from body language or a change in behavior. If your boss is acting nervous about new updates to your company, it may be a sign that someone could be laid off down the road. 

Odds are your boss won't be able to share the most intimate information about new management or board members, but he may be your first line of defense when it comes to major structural change at your company.

Personal production
If your output as an employee has waned or been inconsistent, that can often be grounds for termination, and gauging your boss' reaction to this down-tick in performance could be a way of monitoring your employment status.

Forbes reported that if your boss is disappointed in your production, there are a number of obvious changes that can occur as a result. Being given less responsibility or assigned less projects as a result of your poor performance is a clear sign your superior has lost some trust in you as an employee.

This could be a very well be a positive development, and a sign of respect that your work-load was too much to begin with. The flip side of that coin, however, is that it could be a signal that your boss feels like you are providing less value to the company and unable to produce as well as you should. That's a bad place to be in should the need to terminate any employees come around.

A decrease in the quality of your work may also cause your boss to invite you to less meetings, and Forbes stated you may be kept out of the loop on information that would normally be shared with you. LinkedIn reported that the opposite could be true. You may be asked to train new hirers, which may be a new responsibility, but could also be a sign that your boss is looking to make a change from a talent stand point.

Odds are any employee struggling to keep up a baseline level of production already feels stress about job security or the prospect of being fired. Poor performance reviews or feedback from your boss is also not a good sign. You know what kind of culture your company has and whether or not your boss is understanding of fluctuating output. In the face of decreased responsibility or a significant change in your daily routine, it may be possible that your termination has at least been considered.

Personal relationships
Forbes stated that not being invited to important meetings or being reassigned could have as much to do with your level of production as it does with your relationship with your boss. Monitoring your daily interactions with co-workers and superiors is another way to predict whether your job is in jeopardy.

As dramatic as it may be, the way you and your co-workers interact could be a way to check-in on your employment status. According to LinkedIn, long standing disputes or conflicts could fade if it is known or suspected that you could be terminated. As a result, any odd changes in your daily work-social life could be significant. Colleagues may go as far as avoiding you if they suspect your time is limited.

The most important relationship, however, is the one you share with your boss and other supervisors. Poor performance could lead to a more serious or adversarial relationship between you and any higher-ups, and this sort of dynamic could serve to worsen a bad situation.  Unfortunately, your relationship with your boss could be strained by very bizarre circumstances.

In any event, if your supervisor begins to micro-manage your production, this could be a sign that your job status is less than secure. Direct supervision from an otherwise laid-back boss may be caused if your work is being heavily scrutinized and your value is being questioned.

Changes to your company or your relationship with higher-ups don't always mean it's time to polish your resume and prepare for the worst. Monitoring any updates is important, but because every business is different, it is difficult to say for certain that your job status is at all in danger.

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