My Medical Device Sales Career
Do you have a growing feeling at work that you are not quite part of the gang anymore; co-workers are acting a little funny to you or perhaps you are feeling a little chill in the air every time you speak to your manager? If you are in outside sales perhaps all of a sudden your sales manager seems to be living with you or maybe it is as subtle as the manager moving up the routine field visit day from every 8 weeks to every 4 weeks (and from 2 days solid to 3 or 4 days in one week!). You start to wonder, "Am I getting set up to be fired"?
Maybe you are one of the lucky ones with an in-your-face manager who tells you flat out, "You better start looking". Why lucky? These manager are sophisticated ENOUGH to be open in communication with you (even though it is not what you wanted to hear) and give you time to start looking for a job to get out ASAP! It can really save you from experiencing an even more stressful situation; a passive aggressive manager who wants to keep it a secret from you and pressure the hell out of you to quit! One thing for certain, in BOTH scenarios you will be fired with one taking a little longer and feeling like someone is slowly turning a screw into your back one half turn at a time! Yes, passive aggressive managers are the worst to you and your health!
By the way, since I use to be a sales manager, this does not include managers who have put you on a 2 to 3 month plan of action with very clear written expectations of "reasonable" performance and deadlines for accomplishments that will lead to a clear path of keeping your job or losing your job based on the results. I know some companies use these PIPS (Performance Improvement Plans) as a ruse and really just setting you up for the inevitable, but some do not. That is yet another article so let's stay with our in-your-face manager or passive aggressive manager scenarios. I will add this although, IF you are on a PIP; work your buns off to hit the plan, but keep your finger to the winds and start looking for a job as a back up! Now back on course.
Obviously if you have an in-your-face manager, you can skip the rest of this article and immediately START LOOKING FOR A JOB NOW! Yet, I know that even some of you who have been told this still hang on waiting for the manager to start liking you again or perhaps trying to still bring in that big sale that will make this terrible in-your-face manager change his mind. This is the problem with that thinking; it has already been decided politically within your company that you are OUT. If you don't know this, then you are probably the only one left who doesn't (especially within the management ranks). I know it hurts, but that is the way it is, stop over thinking and trying to understand how they could possibly throw away a great talent like you! It is like the man who's wife left him for another and ten years later still trying to understand why she left; therapy may help but get moving, start looking for a job (or mate) that will appreciate you! Being appreciated is GREAT therapy!
Now for those with the passive aggressive manager where NOTHING has been said, you are just getting that feeling or frankly, refusing to see the subtle signs that all add up to the firing.
THE FIRING SIGNS FROM THE PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE MANAGER
Now realize, I am not saying that ALL 7 or even 3 of these signs need to be present. A really passive aggressive manager may be only sending off one sign! Certainly you need to weigh these signs with other factors to come to a conclusion; like your work performance, how well your company is doing, if YOUR MANAGER is doing well and highly regarded in the company (after all he could be on a short leash too and he just may get fired before he can do it to you, and boy is that enjoyable when it happens that way!).
The bottom line is, if you are feeling like you are being lined up to be fired, then you probably are, so start moving away from the pain and begin to find a manager and a company that will appreciate what you have to offer!
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