21 signs your company is about to lay off a bunch of people
REUTERS/Kevin CoombsImpromptu and mysterious meetings with the whole department are never a good sign.
In my career as a journalist, I've lived through two rounds of mass layoffs.
While I didn't see either of them coming, hindsight is always 20/20, and I now have a much better sense for when the tides are changing.
To get a better understanding of the signs that layoffs are coming, I polled others who've been through them, scoured the news about high-profile mass layoffs, and crawled the depths of the internet.
If you notice a combination of these signs in your own company, it may be time to start looking for a new job.
The most obvious sign: Executives confirm layoffs are coming.
Executives hint at layoffs using other terms, like 'restructuring.'
Your company gives you a 'non-negotiable' job offer.
A WARN notice has been issued.
Your company is hiring too fast.
Your company gets acquired or merges with another.
There's already been a round of layoffs.
Your access to work accounts is denied.
You're invited to a group meeting with the department head, and her personal assistant confirms with you that you'll be there.
Internal job postings get taken down.
The higher-ups take steps to 'improve efficiencies.'
Or they ask a ton of questions about what you do.
Higher-ups start quitting.
The discretionary stuff starts to go.
Company bills aren't getting paid.
The uprooting of plants.
Conference rooms are booked by HR all day.
There are more tissue boxes than usual.
There are a lot of empty boxes around.
Upper management avoids your gaze.