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Ever get that "something is about to happen" feeling?

Those of you that have gone through countless layoffs will know the feeling I am talking about. It is that uneasy feeling that something is about to happen. I have had that nasty feeling on more than one occasion.  It usually comes on with various tell-tale signs. Here is the list that usually gets my "about to happen" feeling going:
  • Management is having more than a normal amount of closed door meetings
  • Upper management is seen more and more on the production floor "just looking around."
  • Leads and supervisors start to run out of regular work and start doing "make busy" work like cleaning.
  • You find out from purchasing that parts for production are not coming in because the company has a "cash flow" problem.
  • Customers are having a cash flow problem and are canceling orders.
  • Some customers are being put on credit hold and their products are moved out to next months shipping dates or the month after that.
  • The owners of the company are making more frequent visits.
  • The people who work in the stockroom don't have any kits to put together for production. When you see them working in other departments that is a bad sign.
  • Key supervisors and others closer to the owners and CEO's are suddenly finding other jobs and leaving.
  • You find out at your bank that you paycheck is being questioned and they tell you that another company is covering the payroll.
All of those things above has happened to me in my lifetime of working. The last one was rather creepy as the company covering the payroll did take over the company I worked for at the time, but not before I found another job rather quickly and got out of that mess.

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