Everyone likes to think they’re indispensable – unfortunately that’s just not true. In today’s workplace, everyone is replaceable, from the intern to the CEO.
And whilst that may make for some uncomfortable reading, the fact is, the job market fluctuates, stocks plummet, AI gives rise to cyborg employees and sooner or later that scorpion sting full of corporate rejection may land on you.
All you can do is be ready.
Executive Coach, Michael Jay Moon, claims that the real reason employees think they are going to be pushed out is because they will be – sooner or later. “Of course, you’re being edged out of your job,” he says. “It’s only a matter of how soon and how little advance notice you will get.”
However, Ryan Kahn, Founder of The Hired Group and star of MTV’s Hired, argues that the signs are sometimes less clear. “What’s important is to be alert of situations around the office to ensure the security of your position in the company,” he added.
But how can you know for sure? Asking outright is too uncomfortable, asking colleagues will make you seem paranoid, but doing nothing is not really an option either.
We have listed five tell-tale signs that you’re being ousted, or rather that you’re about to be, so you can prepare yourself for the worst, or even stop the phasing in its painfully sneaky tracks.
1. You’re being ignored
The first and most obvious sign is that you’re being overlooked and totally ignored. People have an innate sense of when this is happening to them, and seem to know instinctively when others are acting odd in their company. Being left out at work may actually constitute a bullying issue, and a recent report found that being ignored at work is worse for a person’s health than being harassed.
Researchers from the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business found that ostracism is a severe form of bullying.
Professor Sandra Robinson told the Daily Mail: “We've been taught that ignoring someone is socially preferable - if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all. But ostracism actually leads people to feel more helpless, like they're not worthy of any attention at all.”
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