In my company I have been seeing two symptoms of firing/terminating me from the corporation.

  1. They are not giving projects for me but giving to some other employees.
  2. They are frequently asking me "What kind of work you are doing?" without giving any proper task. So I'm not able to answer and struggling.

Does these two symptoms indicate that my organization is going to fire me?

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  • Did you check this thead or try some of the suggestions there. Can you say what have you done from your side? Right now you just say what you've observed. If you take some initiative you can judge the response from that much more clearly than just wondering "Are they going to fire me soon??" workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/11777/… – Brandin Mar 2 '15 at 11:38
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    Is your manager that clueless that he doesn't know what you are working on? Sounds like a bad organization. – maple_shaft Mar 2 '15 at 13:38
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    @maple_shaft Depends on the type of job. My boss asks me what I'm doing all the time. I've got the kind of job where it's not always clear when a task is assigned how long it will take to complete. I'm often juggling multiple tasks. I have to respond to emergencies that come up. The boss's boss sometimes assigns me work directly. I wouldn't expect a boss to be totally "clueless" what an employee is working on. But a boss might well have to ask where you are on this task or that task or if you've tied up with unplanned tasks. – Jay Mar 2 '15 at 14:52

Those may or may not be symptoms that you are going to be terminated.

However, if you feel uneasy about actions that are taken or not taken at work and how they affect your career, that is almost always a sign that you need to take action. You need to trust that little voice in your head that is giving you a warning.

How would it harm you to try to fix the situation even if they were not planning to fire you?

Talk to your boss privately. Express your concern that others are being assigned prohjects you had hoped to work on. Ask him what you can do to get these types of assignments. Specifically ask for work when you have none instead of relying on someone to give it to you.

If your boss is noncommital about your future assignments or is unwilling to give you a task when there are clearly some that have not been assigned, then directly ask if he thinks you have a performance problem and if so what do you need to do to fix it.

If you still feel uneasy after this conversation or if the suggestions for improvement are things that you strongly disagree with, then it might be time to start looking for a new job. If any suggestions are things you think are silly or mildly disagree with, then try them anyway. Your boss's perception of your performance is more critical to whether you are fired/promoted/stuck doing work you dislike than your perception. So if you want to stay, at least give the suggestions a fair shot.

Even if it is too late at this place to make the correction, it is important to understand the problem before going to the next place or you will just have similar problems there. Or at the very least you will find out some of the things you need to be asking about the company culture when you interview for a new job.

Learning to ask for constructive cricism, learning to hear it without getting defensive, and then acting on the criticism is a career-enhancing move. Sometimes the actions are to move to a differnt job because the differnce in expectations is just too great, but much of the time there are things that you can fix that will make this job work better for you and make your boss happier.

Worry about whether you are getting fired is almost always unproductive. Taking actions to improve your work relationships with your boss are generally helpful evn if you don't have a perceived performance problem. What boss doesn't want to have employees who care about their preformance enough to ask what can be imporved and then work to improve it?

Rememeber, it is highly unlikely you will be able to fix a problem that you don't know exists. When you are are uncertain that your work is being well received, then you need to find out what the problem is.


Does these two symptoms indicate that my organization is going to fire me?

Not by themselves. The key is to look at yourself through your managers' eyes. For example, are they not giving you projects because they think you are busy with other work? Do you need to more effectively communicate what work you are doing or would like to be doing?

Alternatively, if you have some spare time, what things could you do to improve how you or your team works? Could you look at tools your team uses and see if you can improve or replace them? Is there documentation that needs updating? Can you help other people in your team? In other words, can you take the initiative to be useful in the absence of direct management?

Are others in a similar situation? If so, there may genuinely be less work to do or it could be a change in management style. It may be worth talking to them to see if there is anything you are missing.

If all else fails, talk to your manager(s). Tell them you think you are being under utilized and would welcome more work. Managers tend to be busy and may overlook things that are obvious to others. Help them out.

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