The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states the unemployment rate for Savannah, GA is 8.9% as of November 2012. Though the rate is down by 0.2% from October 2012, the residents are not optimistic about job security. If you're currently employed in Savannah, what are some signs that you are about to be laid off?
The company starts offering early retirement
If your company needs to trim down its workforce they will offer early retirement to those who qualify. According to them, it's like an incentive for both parties. It benefits the employee because he or she can live off their retirement funds and may not have to work. On the other hand, the company is hoping you'll take it so they can reduce the workforce.
Your job allows you to take time off
When business is slow your company suddenly lets you take as much time off as you like, without giving you trouble. This is so you can utilize your time wisely in finding another job. Most companies do this to save money; they may feel it's a waste of time to pay an employee to be on the clock, when business is not looking good.
The manager tells you to look for a Plan B
Here's what a former employee of AirTran Airways in Savannah was told by her Operations Manager:
"We all have jobs for 2012, but I'm not sure about 2013."
If that wasn't obvious enough, things got really serious 9 months later when the same Operations Manager met with everybody and stated:
"Now's the time to look for a Plan B or Plan C."
As a result, the AirTran Airways call center in Savannah, GA will be closing in July 2013. "I'm glad I left from there because things were not looking good, and the spirit of the employees changed dramatically" stated Teresa*, former employee of AirTran.
These are just a few signs that you're about to be laid off. Although a lay off is never easy to deal with, try to stay positive and see this as one door closing, another one opening.
*Name have been changed to protect her identity.