Before you panic about your job security, take a moment to analyze the situation and ask yourself if you truly have something to worry about. Steve Sims, founder and chief design officer of gamification company Badgeville, offered specific examples of signs that should send up a red flag to you:
Micromanagement: Your boss suddenly starts calling frequent meetings to discuss what you’re working on and the progress you’re making.
Circumvention: Other people are being assigned work that you ought to be doing. If your boss hasn’t hinted at a promotion for you that involves different responsibilities, it’s possible that he or she is testing a scenario where you don’t exist. If you don’t get assertive and try to pull responsibilities back under your control, you might find yourself out of a job, Sims said.
Lack of communication: You feel out of the loop because there are things going on at the company or your department that you don’t know about. Your manager may be communicating these things to other team members, but not to you.
Unexpected management change. Sims noted that the sudden removal of a boss (or even your boss’ boss) from the company could spell trouble. These unexpected changes are drastic measures that often come with drastic consequences. New management is often under the gun to make a quick change of direction, Sims said, and that may lead to hasty dismissals.