Lately, the only thing worse than actually losing your job is having advance notice you’re going to lose your job.

Lately, the only thing worse than actually losing your job is having advance notice you’re going to lose your job.

 The above sentence reads like some grocery store brainteaser but the point is clear. Due to the deteriorating state of the world economy, more and more of us have a strong knowledge that our jobs are a quick flick of the meat cleaver from being past tense. Eager to protect profit margins or simply relive themselves of dead weight, businesses are openly acknowledging that they’ll soon be sending folks home, never to see them again.
 As a result, we now have the single greatest threat to the American workplace in some time – zombie employees.

 You’ve seen zombies in the corridors and cubicles of your workplace. They are men and women stumbling through the motions of the workday, fake smiles plastered to their faces, as they wonder about their future following a company-wide announcement regarding job cuts.
Their laser-focus on the impending disaster in their personal lives renders them unable to be the employee Joe Boss has come to know and tolerate. Our companies become even less productive as a result, dragging us further behind in the global market.
 Logic tells us these folks are always stashed in a company’s workforce, even when a bull is spearheading our economy. CEOs and other folks who have acronyms for job titles will tell you those employees that are worried about their jobs all the time are the ones with crystal-clear understanding they are not performing to standards. “Do your job and everything will work out” the bosses shout as they hop into their luxury cars and speed home, safe in the knowledge they aren’t on the chopping block.

 Can you or a fellow employee really follow that axiom when you see memos or hear announcements to shareholders telling all about the cut down date for staff? Is it a fair stance for one to take when your cousin who hasn’t worked since Easter Sunday two years ago calls asking if you know of any job opportunities? Who can really not be somewhat concerned when they browse the online job board (just for kicks) find nothing that fits their skill set?

 More than in recent history, the American worker should be concerned about their future. If our companies aren’t cutting jobs outright, they are outsourcing or simply drowning in ink so red that crayon makers will soon add a commemorative color – unemployment red – to their lineups.

 When you look outside and see a snow-covered, frigid environment, what sane person really wants to leave the house?

 The American job market is a frozen arctic wasteland.

If someone has given you an indication you might be shoved into the cold, you’re right to be worried.