Happy New Year!With that comes a brand new start for both you and youremployer. The word on the street is that the economy is improving but theaverage Joe disagrees. The unemployment rates are still high and homes arestill in foreclosure. So, what does the start of a new year mean for you andyour employer?Companies are still in contraction mode so that means no newjobs. But what does it mean for those of you who still have jobs? Nothing. It’sbusiness as usual. Keep your head down and do your job. The economy is stillstruggling and employers are still tightening their belts so bonuses may beimpacted. Changes may be afoot. But as you go through your workday, keepyour eyes and ears open for signs of this impending change. Pick up on thesesignals early so that you aren’t blindsided and seek help and counsel at the first sign that something is afoot. Sometimes, discussing the issues with someone on the outside may help give you a perspective on how to repair relationships and correct deficiencies in the work place before reaching the point of no return.Staying alert means that you will never be caught unprepared and that you are improving your chances of taking charge of your employment security.