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Five signs that your layoff-spared job sucks

With the modern economy, you've likely experienced a corporate layoff whether you're on the receiving end of the pink slip or are left to pick up the pieces. Here's how to reevaluate your job if you fall into the latter category.

With the modern economy, you've likely experienced a corporate layoff whether you're on the receiving end of the pink slip or are left to pick up the pieces. Here's how to reevaluate your job if you fall into the latter category.

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I think quite a few of us have been through the layoff experience. While it's the pits to get the pink slip, you can't underestimate the drawbacks of being one of the people still employed at the company.

You know the feeling. The layoff news hits like a physical blow, especially when you're losing co-workers with whom you've bonded. This is followed by an intense case of survivor's guilt. Why them and not me?

Once the smoke clears a little and you can start to breathe, you do the "what ifs?" What if that had been me? How would unemployment have affected my ability to make ends meet? You realize how much you depend on that steady paycheck and, man, what a wake-up call!

At this point, you're motivated to run a little faster on the "treadmill" to earn your keep, so to speak. And you are going to be running faster because you're going to be doing your work and the work of the people who were laid off. The At-least-I-still-have-a-job relief starts to wear off a little when you realize that you may be left in a special kind of hell.

How do you know when the job that you're left with may no longer be a good one even if there is a steady paycheck? BNET has a great piece about layoff survivors who must do more with less, and under increasing stress. It's called Five Signs That You Have a Crummy Job. Check it out.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

3 comments
drbrtevrteftjyiutyimi
drbrtevrteftjyiutyimi

Before I did not even think at least once in my life about the safety of my job in this economy. For the first time, I feel like no one?s job is safe especially that we are suffering from economic hit because of credit slumps and other related financial problems. Being laid off is the scariest thing I could ever imagine. I certainly don?t want to be coping and surviving unemployment, I?m sure it will be very hard. Mass layoff has been working on companies recently, and that worries me a lot. The latest round of mass layoffs comes from Silicon Valley and multinational chemical giant, Dow Chemicals. To read more about this please click on your no fax payday loan source.

mjd420nova
mjd420nova

Maybe your employer prefers to use the term "downsizing" but either way, those left after the others have gone are tasked to "pick up the slack". That means that you have to take over a job that has been vacated and do your job too. The means more work for the same pay. In some cases this may be a blessing, especially if the layed off worker was not doing their job or wasn't doing it completely or in some cases, wasn't doing it the way you would like them to have done it. Guess what? Now it's up to you. You may be able to incorporate their process into yours and make your initial job easier. But either way, it means more work for you and don't dare asking for a raise or you might get one of those pink slips too.

alex.kashko
alex.kashko

If you have survived the cuts there may be another wave coming. Hedge your bets and start applying elsewhere. Discreetly.

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