Have you ever find yourself in a situation where you know you may be fired from your job? Although in a business ideal world, you wouldn’t have to guess whether or not you’re failing to hit the mark at work.
Your boss/Leader will have to scheduled a meeting with you, where he will regularly supply you with full open and honest feedback, and you could nip any emerging problems in the bud as soon as they flag them to you.
However, since you are in a place where there are several other humans, you have to know that we humans are complex characters, sometimes, it is like your colleagues and superiors are afraid of confronting you with negative feedback, or they are quite just too busy to check in with you, or simply aren’t good at communicating at work, in other cases, you may have workplace grievances against you which usually end up in other place “You’re fired!”
Before getting you worked up over this, the opposite may be the case, as some working class people tend to simply judge themselves too harshly. Perfectionists out there will often perceive harmless actions or poorly phrased comments from coworkers to be lower mark on their performance, causing them to work themselves up and overthink themselves over nothing.
So clearly the air here, between managers whose communication skills need improvement and your own self-doubt which may be for nothing, how sure are you to know if you need to get your act together at work or get fired?
Here’s a few pointers to identify five issues that indicate you’re starting to lose momentum at work, as well as advice on how to get back on track before it is too late.
YOUR BOSS IS NOTICEABLY BLUNTER WITH YOU
The very first sign is that your boss or group leader is noticeably blunter with you. You’ll discover this when your manager is disappointed in your performance, it’s often hard for them to hide their disappointment. Their behavior or tone will shift from being nice to noticeably sharp remarks.
One of the main indicators that your boss is not too happy about your performance, is that he/she may have been a formerly friendly boss, but is now getting agitated with you or is being more short or cold with you.
Another sign is that they are now becoming more aloof or seem to be avoiding any conversation with you except the ones they can’t avoid, and it is straight to the point. Sometimes this sign isn’t as clear depending on how your initial relationship with your boss was, but when you discover and notice that they seem to avoid you, are sharp and short when answering your questions, and don’t engage in conversation with you outside of strictly business, it could be a sure sign that they are getting ready to get rid of you, or that an awkward conversation in a negative performance review in the nearest future is unavoidable.
Except you don’t love your job and want to be fired or offered the chance to quit, you need to address the problem, because addressing the problem is really important, if you want to get back in your manager’s good book and scores. You could say something like this;
- ‘I notice that lately you seem less happy with my work. What can I do to change that?’
Then, listen carefully and ensure, make sure that you are non-defensive as possible, take notes on what they want you to do and see if you can do it.
It is advisable that you sit up and discuss with the management, how to address any issues and see if it can be resolved before you get a negative review. If you personally noticed that your usual high performance isn’t what it used to be, you could explain yourself and give SHORT concrete reasons why, then offer assurance that you are stepping up your game. If you’ve been unhappy or feeling unfulfilled, a simple conversation could lead to a promotion that could give you more responsibility and a sense of purpose again.
It can be hard to sit down with management if you find yourself in this type of situations, but most likely you have nothing to lose, and it could be the opportunity for a major positive change.”
YOU ARE NOT GIVEN MORE IMPORTANT WORKS
This is an important indication that your boss may be planning to retire you. When you noticed that your boss is not trusting you with important jobs as before, it means he is fast losing interest in your capability to carry out these important tasks.
You may be secretly rejoicing that your boss has moved a few things off your plate, but beware of these type of work rescheduling: Rather than just giving you a break, this could be a clear and sure sign that they don’t think you’re capable of managing tasks you were previously doing. Employees who perform well are typically rewarded with more responsibility and more complex tasks, which usually leads to career growth and paving the way for future endorsement.
So if you suddenly notice your manager is consistently passing you up and giving coveted assignments to your coworkers, or if your manager assigns you tasks that feel like is a big step backward for you, it may be an indication that you’ve lost their trust and they are giving you a clear sign that you are no longer trustworthy as before.
Before you confront your manager, think back and identify whether you made a recent error which is may have cost the company/business.
- Perhaps you missed a deadline without appropriate notification,
- Perhaps you did not take action when a problem occurred,
- Or maybe you may reacted in a non-constructive way in a tense situation.
It is time for you to do some damage control and own up to the mistake. Managers appreciate workers who knows what they did wrong, so it is better for you and the safety of your job, to inform your manager of YOUR wrong, what you learned, and what you will do going forward. Taking ownership and bringing up the issue first helps will help in rebuilding the trust the company or management might have lost in you.
YOU KEEP HEARING THE SAME NEGATIVE FEEDBACK
When you just keep hearing the SAME negative feedback, and it absolutely does not matter how hard you work, you’re bound to get some negative feedback. From time to time–after all, there’s always room for improvement in any business or environment, it is up to you whether you want to improve or not.
So if you get the occasional reminder from your manager or boss regarding something you could be doing better, you don’t need to sweat it, just ensure you try doing better there. However, if you are consistently hearing the management bringing up the same issue over and over, it may be cause for concern.
Once your boss has talked to you about it a few times, if they don’t see the change they want to see, you can expect that a warning is on the way.
When you see yourself in a situation like this, where you are at the receiving end of repeated feedback, there are some positive steps to take, like;
- “Be sure you are very clear in your mind on what expected changes they are looking for,
- What goals/metrics they [want] you to hit before you get further warnings.
It is just two line, but they play major role in ensuring if the company is willing to keep you or not. Even if you are taking the right steps to address the issue at hand, do not hesitate to update your manager about these steps, ensure that you communicate daily/weekly about the changes you’re making, so they know that you are taking their feedback seriously and are working on overcoming these challenges.
YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET ANYTHING DONE
When you find yourself in a situation like this, just know that everyone deals with bottlenecks at work–maybe your manager is dragging their heels on reviewing an essential document, or your department head have just shuts down your budget proposal. Things like these are perfectly normal, it happens every once in a while, but if they become an everyday (or more) occurrence in your office, then it is a cause you may want to examine things a little more closely and critically.
- Do you find it difficult to arrange a time to meet with your boss?
- Are your requests getting denied always?
- Are you being given the most tedious tasks to complete?
If this is the case, then it is a sign that your supervisor is encouraging you to quit and avoiding the task of giving you constructive feedback to help you.
If this sounds familiar in your working place, am afraid to tell you that the time is reach, when you need to get proactive about preventing roadblocks before they pop-up. Take and set a regular step to check in with your boss and establish mutual expectations on how you engage. Ask for feedback and do so frequently.
You should always focus on adding value, be sure to stay aware of the changing environment at work, and surely adapt to changing circumstances,”
IMPORTANT ADVISE OF ALL TIME
“When you are getting assigned with more difficult, complex tasks over time, it is surely a good sign, however, when you feel blocked at every turn, it is a sure and definite red flag.”