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By Ryan Derousseau
February 18, 2015

In a perfect world, you and your boss would get along swimmingly, with a free exchange of ideas that leads to promotions, all while your company continues to grow and thrive.

But let’s face it, that’s a rare situation.

Often, instead, you begrudgingly do the work you are assigned, as your boss tries to accomplish unrealistic goals and timeline dictated from up high. All the while, you’re looking for the next opportunity to flee. This was especially the case for employees in the last few years, before businesses began to hire again.

What happens, though, when the dynamic shifts and your company wants you out? Already in 2015, eBay has announced it will cut 7% of its workforce. Oil company Baker Hughes, hit by low oil prices, has announced it will let go 7,000 employees. And DreamWorks Animation will cut around 15% of its workforce, according to reports.

Then again, financial stability may not be the only reason a company might want you to quit.

Put simply, your boss, or perhaps your boss’ boss, may not like you. You might have gotten into an argument with the wrong executive. Or your work may be leaving something to be desired.

Remember, knowledge is power. Knowing that you may very well be soon shown the door will give you the opportunity to start networking, “so the choice becomes yours if you stay or leave,” says Amanda Augustine, a career coach and resume writer for job search site The Ladders.

Keep these five signals in mind if you’re worried about upcoming layoffs or concerned that your boss isn’t thrilled with you.


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