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Layoffs: These warning signs reveal job cuts

No job is one hundred percent secure. Even if many employees would like it to be. The permanent position does convey a feeling of security. But this has little to do with the fact that it cannot be terminated. Then come redundancies, many employees are initially surprised and shocked. Downsizing on a grand scale: 8,000 employees, 10,000, 18,000 jobs - all canceled. But were the layoffs really that unforeseen? It may appear and feel to those affected. Often, however, there was veritable a long time before that warning signto look out for in order to identify a possible discharge at an early stage ...

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

You should therefore recognize impending layoffs at an early stage

Whether I see them coming or not, a discharge is a discharge. - Unfortunately, we keep hearing this attitude. It is anything but unimportant when you find out about a possible wave of layoffs in your company: the sooner you suspect that your Job in jeopardy the more time you have to react to the impending downsizing.

For example like this ...

  • You can still do something about it.

    As long as the termination has not yet been announced, you have the chance to avert it and keep your job. Perhaps you need to improve your personal performance, or the company may need new ideas and new momentum. Use the time and fight for your job.

  • You can prepare for it.

    A discharge out of the blue is like a punch in the pit of your stomach. It seems like the ground is being torn from under your feet. How it goes on? Uncertain! But if you have time to prepare for an impending dismissal, you can already process the first shock emotionally before the employment relationship finally ends.

  • You can apply in good time.

    What comes after discharge The job search usually takes some time. All the better if you can start applying for new positions at other companies at an early stage. Ideally, you already have the prospect of a subsequent job and can continue without a gap in your résumé.

In fact, when large-scale layoffs threaten, you always have two options:

  1. You can act procyclical.

    That means: you wait and see. Hope for the best and fight for your job. Perhaps the wave of layoffs will pass you by. After all, the entire company is not shut down immediately. The disadvantage of this strategy: If things don't go well, look for a new job with 5000 to 10,000 colleagues at the same time. And since most are skilled workers and the industry or alternative employers are usually clear (especially in their own region), the chances of a new job automatically decrease (without having to change professionally or locally). So if you behave cyclically - in other words: swim with the crowd - you are actually making a bet: Fifty-Fifty that it will be fine and that you do not have to change. Can happen. But it doesn't have to. And then the job opportunities drop dramatically.

  2. You act counter-cyclically.

    In this case you are assuming the worst: an imminent resignation - for example, because your entire department will most likely fall victim to the red pencil. So act before the time - and look around for a new job and apply discreetly. The downside: You could be wrong and might have kept the job. The advantage, however: YOU are the one who determines his professional future - and look for a (better) job before everyone else does too. This increases your chances and also puts you in a better negotiating position: Because you are applying for a (still) "uncontrolled position".

Either way: In order to benefit from both options, the Warning signs of possible dismissal detect. Many prefer to close their eyes so as not to have to face the problem. But that only puts them in greater danger. Pretending everything is okay only leads to her take chances and time for yourselfto get active.

Therefore, pay attention to the following signals!

6 warning signs that layoffs are imminent

There is hardly a boss that is so open and direct that he speaks out freely about upcoming layoffs. For employees, this would be the certainty mean that the job believed to be safe may soon be a thing of the past. But with this, superiors risk panic in the team, waves of escape or even premature standstill. So they are silent.

But even without a specific address to the boss, there are veritable warning signs that you should pay attention to. You already show early that layoffs can be in the room.

But please stay be careful with hasty reactions. Warning signs do not always necessarily mean that the Worst case also really occurs. It is crucial that you analyze the situation objectively in order to be able to react in good time ...

  1. The company is in a crisis

    The order situation is getting worse and worse, large and important customers are leaving, instead of profits, more and more losses have been made for some time. The worse the company is doing, the greater the risk that sooner or later staff will be cut. Long-term lulls in particular can be a strong warning signal that layoffs are necessary in order to return to the black.

  2. Your company will merge or be sold

    If several companies or departments are amalgamated, this almost always means that part of the workforce will become redundant and there will probably be layoffs. If two companies merge, there is no need for two marketing or finance departments - instead, one remains that is perhaps a bit larger, but rarely offers space for everyone.

  3. There are rumors of staff cuts

    You shouldn't believe everything that is whispered about the workplace rumor mill. But when it comes to layoffs, you should at least pay attention. Information almost always seeps through in one way or another and then spreads among employees. These do not always have to be true, but they can represent a kind of early warning system. Especially when this point coincides with the other warning signs.

  4. You have problems with the boss

    A relatively straightforward warning sign: you just can't get along with your boss. There are constant disagreements, he never seems to be satisfied with your work and it feels like he prefers everyone else. With such a relationship with the boss, you run the risk of being the first to act when dismissed. True, such a selection is not professional. The nose factor always plays a role.

  5. You no longer receive information

    Communication in the workplace is one of the most important success factors for good cooperation. Ideally, important information is always accessible to everyone so that everyone is on the same page in order to achieve common goals. But if less and less information gets through to you, this could be a warning sign that you are slowly but surely being withdrawn from tasks and work processes.

  6. Some colleagues have already been fired

    Individual layoffs do not always mean that a wave of layoffs has to follow. But if the situation is already so difficult that part of the workforce has had to be laid off, it is possible that further cuts will be made.

A Job guarantee doesn’t exist in the free economy. It is all the more important that you as an employee receive regular further training and your Market value check. His To know alternatives, not only gives you more security and peace of mind, but also gives you a plan B.

Even if you currently feel that you are not affected by a job loss. Take a look - free of charge and without obligation - in our Job exchange around: Where are people looking for people with your qualifications and how many? Also in your region? What is offered to them? Financially too? The more you find, the better ...

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May 18, 2021Author: Jochen Mai

Jochen Mai is the founder and editor-in-chief of the career bible. The author of several books lectures at the TH Köln and is a sought-after keynote speaker, coach and consultant.

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