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Is your job in peril?

Take this quiz to check whether you are secure in your profession or are likely to be fired.

Print Edition: April 2, 2009

1. Is your workload lighter than usual or are your projects being reassigned to others within your department?
a. Yes
b. No

2. Are you being kept out of the loop, be it the meetings that you typically attended or even the office gossip? (Firing an employee is difficult; creating a hostile environment that compels one to resign is not.)
a. Yes
b. No

3. Is your work relationship with colleagues deteriorating steadily?
a. Yes
b. No

4. Is your boss constantly citing the employee code of conduct? (If the management is looking for scapegoats, the smallest of bloopers will be a big enough nail in the coffin for weaker performers.)
a. Yes
b. No

5. Have the quality and quantity of your work come under greater scrutiny in recent times?
(The idea is to show you in a poor light to justify sacking you. This strategy is generally reserved for steady performers who live by the book.)
a. Yes
b. No

6. Have you recently been moved to a less important project/post?
(If your actual work has little to do with the company’s core business, be wary. It’s less controversial to eliminate non-revenue generating positions/departments.)
a. Yes
b. No

7. Are you one of the more unpopular people in the organisation?
(If you are dampening the office morale, in case of lay-offs, you will face the boot before a popular, but less efficient, employee.)
a. Yes
b. No

8. Has e-mail become the sole means of communication between you and your seniors and team members?
(A paper trail is required to justify a sacking. It not only proves that you made the mistake that the management is blaming you for, but also shows
that all efforts were made to point out your errors.)
a. Yes
b. No

9. Are you mentoring a new employee?
(No company will sack an employee without a stand-by replacement. And who better to train the greenhorn than the person whose shoes are going to be filled?)
a. Yes
b. No

10. Are you among the few who have been excluded from a career-enhancing training module?
(You are not a valued employee. The company does not see a point in investing in you and this puts your job at risk.)
a. Yes
b. No

Give yourself 1 point for every YES and 0 for every NO.

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