Riding out the recession: Some layoff warning signs

With unemployment climbing, more workers are concerned about whether they could be the next one out of a job.

It's easy to see from the economy if your industry is suffering. And most workers can pick up enough signs on the job to know if their company is struggling.

But sometimes, employees may be so focused on their job or doing their best to avoid the bad news that they could miss some signals.

There's no sure way to know, but staffing firm Robert Half International has identified six red flags that you could be laid off in this recession.

The firm cautions, however, that you shouldn't panic or read too much into one or two signs.

But workers should do their best to be aware of the developments in their company and industry so they can at least prepare for a possible job loss. Fears for job security are some of the main reasons that consumers have pulled back on their spending during recent months.

Here are Robert Half's red flags to watch for:

•Cost-cutting measures are being implemented throughout the organization.

•Your workload is lighter than usual or projects are being reassigned to others within your department.

•Your work is cyclical in nature, and you have significant periods of slow time.

•Your position or department isn't viewed as a revenue generator.

•You are no longer included in meetings in which you typically participate.

•Your manager is showing increased interest in the status of your projects and the procedures in place for completing them.

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