Guess who's getting fired?
Don't panic. You're not fired now and no future firings have been announced, and what do I know, anyway? But deep down in one of the hidden and vacant areas of your brain, the thought has surfaced.
Your head is headed for the chopping block.
It could have been a sly, sideways look from your manager that gave away the game, or the strange response of the IT person when you asked for a software upgrade.
"I don't think we need to upgrade you," the IT nerd responded. "It's not like you're going to be using that computer for much longer."
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(Do you suppose the IT person said this because the company is about to surprise you with an expensive new computer? I think not.)
For what it's worth, you should know that you are not the only person seeing a layoff in their future. Or so I learned in a scary article on the subject by Whitson Gordon in The New York Times.
"What to Do When You Think You're About to Get Fired" is the title of this horror story. If you think you already know all the clues that lead to a final and fatal visit to HR, Gordon provides a plethora of job-ending predictors you might not have noticed. Yet.
Fortunately, he also provides advice about what to do while waiting for the ax to fall.