How can someone tell they might be next in line for layoffs?
You can actually test whether you’re about to get laid off or not. In every company, there are “on demand” perks that employees usually ignore. For example, training. It’s always there, available to you if you ask for it: supervisory skills, sales skills for non-sales managers, even how to answer the phone. Ask for some special training and see if you get it. If you get turned down for a routine training request, you should start to worry.
When a round of layoffs comes, is it better to lay low, or to try getting yourself noticed?
I’ll bet that nine out of 10 career experts would say it’s better to get noticed, but I’m not so sure. The lion hunts the gazelle that draws attention to itself. Do your job, keep your head down, don’t make trouble, and stay in the middle of the herd. Troublemakers are fired first, then incompetent people, and then the rest of the cuts are about excess staff or excess costs. Trying to make a big play could get you labeled a troublemaker, and that’s the problem. Most of all, keep your boss happy. Unless your whole department is cut, your boss has a huge say in who stays and who goes. It’s all about boss management.
How do you get your boss to reconsider your worth to the company?