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It's Quiet Around Here...Too Quiet: Five Signs That You're Going to Be Fired

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When I was growing up, my parents had a book for self-diagnosis. The book purported to help the reader define an ailment without the pesky trouble of driving to the doctor's office. By answering such questions as ''Are you running a fever?'' and ''Are you having trouble swallowing?'' you could track through hundreds of pages of flow charts to arrive at a laundry list of potential diagnoses.
 
It's Quiet Around Here...Too Quiet: Five Signs That You're Going to Be Fired

Unfortunately, the book would invariably lead even someone with relatively mild symptoms to the conclusion that he or she was riddled with tumors, highly contagious, and likely not long for this world.

Having spent too much time nursing a completely innocent mosquito bite only to convince myself (with the help of our self-diagnosis tome) that I was suffering from incurable scurvy, I am loathe to list the signs indicating you are about to be fired. The fact that your BlackBerry isn't working doesn't mean you've been fired. Usually, it just means your BlackBerry is malfunctioning.

The following should only be read as signs that may precede a pink slip. Like all symptoms, they should be read in the larger context of your overall relationship with your firm.

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