There are few professional experiences as dignity-sapping as being laid-off.
Myself, I was laid-off from a previous employer as the recession began, only the job cutting didn’t happen right away. I was handed a notice saying my days were numbered, and then, along with dozens of fellow slashed workers, continued to show up each day until our termination date – three months down the road.
We mockingly nicknamed our section of the office “the Green Mile.” We all felt like dead men walking.
Of course, the lay-off wasn’t a huge surprise – rumours had swirled for months, and the downturn was turning employed work into a bona fide privilege at the time – but are there sure-fire signs your job is in jeopardy? Under normal economic circumstances, can you tell in advance you’re about to be laid-off?