Over the course of my career, I’ve been through several re-organizational “events.” I’ve also come to the point, now, where my gut can tell me roughly where things stand.
Basically, at this point in my career, if I can’t see it coming, I’m a moron. Most of us have a hind-brain function that recognizes when something is amiss in the workplace, and in a lot of cases, we’ll dismiss it, or project it elsewhere in our lives (our loved ones in particular will take the brunt of this). The hindbrain is a wonderful thing, and if we’d just learn to pay attention to it more, we’d probably have a better idea why the “fight or flight” reflex seems to be twigged out.
Let me say it this way : If you think something is amiss in your workplace, it probably is. I realize we’re REALLY fucked up as a species, and will take all kinds of abuse at work we won’t take anywhere else, so we think a lot of what we feel at work is NORMAL. Guess what?
It’s not. I’ve been in high-stress jobs, I’ve driven myself to a breakdown because of them, I’ve not seen it all, but I’ve been enough places – both good and bad, or that have transitioned from one to the other – that I can say confidently : If you think it is time to change jobs, change jobs. If you think the company is about to do something that will impact you negatively, it probably is. And if, by any chance, your management team starts to behave differently…
…well, I use that as a sign to update my resume. And you should too.