The workplace has been tough the last two years. You’ve come through to the other side and now, honestly, just need to kick back a little bit. But this is a dangerous time and no one is out of the woods at work just yet.
Anita Bruzzese knows that the workplace hasn’t recovered just yet and she has provided a thoughtful post about how to tell if your job may be in jeopardy. I especially liked the last three that are social. After all, business is really social in that we work with other people:
4. You receive a resounding “no” to most of your ideas. The boss looks like he’s going to laugh out loud whenever you request funds for a project. You’re losing power faster than Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
5. You’re often the last to know of what’s going on in your own office. Decisions are made regarding your job and you’re clueless until the last minute. Not being in the information loop is a dangerous place to be.
6. Invitations from colleagues for lunch or coffee dry up. Co-workers may have caught clues that you’re in trouble with the boss, and they don’t want to be tainted by your bad mojo.
You get these clues, but how do you verify them to figure out if you are in trouble?
This is all about communication. You have to do some talking, but you really need to be listening to what is being said and how it is being said. Who do you need to speak with?
The important part is to intently listen to what is said and how it is said.
You can’t just go and talk with these people, though. If you don’t do this right, you can make your situation even worse. Here are some pitfalls:
We are very social creatures. Use this to your advantage when you sense that things are not proceeding along the way you thought they were. There are warning signs. There are steps to take to validate the warning signs. And you can avoid the pitfalls of trying to recover.
Get rid of that bad mojo.