Here are several warning signs you're about to be laid-off. If you've noticed more than perhaps one of these, your Spidey-Sense should be tingling—it's time to start polishing that resume/CV!
I. Backups"Have you backed-up all your work to XYZ?"
Unless you're a sys-admin, this is probably the first time you've ever heard the company mention the word backup during your entire contract. Variations on this theme: "let's get all outstanding code checked-in ASAP!"
Oddly enough, this will tend to make you happy when you hear it. "It's about time they started taking this stuff seriously," you might think.
II. Training"Please train your co-worker on X, we need everyone up to speed on these components." Hard to argue with that, right? *shrug*
IV. Important Project or Person MIAJust like the old Christmas movie, It's a Wonderful Life, where the very existence of the main character is erased from history, a similar fate will happen to $BIG_PROJECT or important people. Despite last month's "death-march" to hit an important milestone, no longer is anyone requesting status or asking questions about it. "Hmm, things have become quiet around here," you'll ponder… ((Cue crickets chirping))
III. Mandatory MeetingSubject: Moving Forward in $YEAR+1
Content-free meeting invitations or email focused on date periods, especially late-in the year (a nod to tax purposes). "Let's discuss our plan for 2016." **gulp**
That's my list for now, please chime in with any others you can think of.