Job security is something every employee hopes to have in their career. DailyWorth has compiled a list of six warning signs you might need to start searching for a new job opportunity.
Should You Make a Move?
We’ve all experienced it at some point or another in our careers: new management comes in, and suddenly a surge of closed-door meetings has the office buzzing. Or a new boss is hired, and you quickly sense tension throughout your department. Sometimes you can’t quite put your finger on it, but something at work just doesn’t quite feel right.
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These are all signs your job could be jeopardy, and experts say that more often than not, the problem isn’t just in your head. “When you feel threatened, you usually are,” says Ellis Chase, president of EJ Chase Consulting, a career and executive coaching firm in New York City and author of In Search of the Fun-Forever Job: Career Strategies That Work. Here, Chase and other experts reveal the red flags that should have you polishing up your résumé.
Red Flag: Your Boss Changes Her Attitude Toward You
Regardless of whether you and your boss currently have an awesome relationship or an arduous one, if you notice changes in the way she treats you — from something as seemingly innocuous as avoiding casual conversation to the more concerning move of taking away some of your responsibilities — it could be a sign your job is in jeopardy.
First, try reaching out. “If you’re feeling excluded, follow up [with your boss] directly, if you can,” says Michael Townshend, owner of Carpe Diem Coaching in Silver Spring, MD. “If you can’t — if you feel that it would be way too awkward — that means something, too.”
If you do schedule a meeting with your manager, be sure to keep your check-in positive. “Go in and say, ‘I’m doing some self-assessment and I want to know what your advice would be as to what I could be doing that would make me a stronger performer,’” Townshend says. This gives your boss the opportunity to give you honest feedback and also lets her know you’re an ally, rather than an antagonist.
Keep in mind, however, that your boss could be experiencing her own stressors, particularly if your company is under new management, so take her responses at your check-in meeting at face value. Sometimes if they’re less engaged, it means that they are preoccupied themselves, Chase says.
Red Flag: You Have a New Boss (and There’s Tension)
In today’s tenuous economy, this may be something that happens to you on a yearly basis. And while the fact that you get a new boss isn’t a warning sign in itself, how this person treats you can be. “If your boss is being mean to you or your boss is ignoring you, it can be a blow,” says Stacy Kim, certified career and life coach and founder of Life Junctions in New York City. “But rather than jump to, ‘OK, now I have to find a job,’ ask yourself, ‘Now what do I do?’”
Why temper your gut reaction? Because it doesn’t always mean the end is near. “There are always mixed messages with a new boss, because she may be more effusive or is putting out signals that aren’t necessarily true,” says Townshend.
So what can you do? Kim suggests asking a mentor for advice on how to deal with your new boss. Or reach out to her directly so you can understand what her expectations are for you, and get a chance to show how you can support her objectives. If the situation doesn’t improve after the dust settles, start putting out feelers to see what other opportunities are out there.
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