You get a new boss.Whether it’s new direct supervisor or a buyout at the top level, changes in upper management can often mean changes in your job status. Sometimes the new boss wants to bring in his own people. Sometimes he’s looking to cut the fat in his department. Either way, anyone who was there before the change-up should prepare for the possibility of being edged out.
Your numbers are down. You know you’re not a number and so does your boss. Still, in many industries, your numbers–sales, clients, completed projects, etc–help the company decide how valuable you are to it. If your numbers took a recent dip or have been in the dumps for a while, it’s time to start making backup plans.
You recently had a meeting in HR. One of the many responsibilities of the human resources department is to hand out discipline to employees when they violate company policy. Even if it’s just a warning, a note in your file from HR is never good. So if you end up being sent to HR, it may be time to start looking for another job.