I am getting nervous about my job.
Oh, nothing so clear as an actual concern. No bad announcements. No bad financial or data. No concerns because a host of people have suddenly left. Everything is cheerily moving forward.
But still, nervous.
Maybe it is a sign of the times -after all, while there is (from what I read) any number of positions open in any number of industries, I get the sense that all of this is very fragile. And the industry I am in is sometimes more fragile than most - as I explained to someone once, the Biopharmaceutical industry is a lot like playing a game of craps: one rolls the dice and then hopes for a good development before the dice stopping rolling.
I have been laid off once and gone through rounds of layoffs more than once, so I do not completely discount my feelings as "just nervousness" though. I have been too often correct - not in precisely timing of course, but in overall direction: I might not have called when layoffs were happening, but I knew they were coming.
What does not help, of course, is that working away from the office, one misses the usual signs: meetings that happen with rather important people that are mysterious, odd and unusual involvement from HR "all of a sudden", and the somewhat valuable Grape Vine which does not necessarily always have precise information, but often has a general sense of things on the ground in a way that management will never convey. One is very isolated, and I acknowledge that isolation can give rise to some otherwise unusual theories.
In all my years of Quality, one sense that one develops - or does not - is the ability to read between the lines, to hear the thing unsaid, to sense there is a problem before the problem completely manifests itself. That sense, once developed, is not only for the execution of one's job - given time and practice, it will work for many things.
I cannot tell you specifically why I am worried. Only that I am worried.