For phone people, it’s usually after tax season is over and before, roughly, July (management taking time off, fancy sessions going nowhere, etc...). February layoffs are possible for specialized groups, what L&D used to be, like ATP or similar groups using up all the resources and not contributing any, and so on. Also keep an eye on that email from the Johnsons about performance of the company. That may indicate changes in management, i.e. lots of promoted interim managers as cost-saving feature (working higher level job for less money - they usually try to honor requests for reduction in number of full-time associates this way). Also, in most cases, layoffs are cleared in advance with state agencies, so it is public record, and by setting up Google alerts, you could have that info in advance. Okay, I’m done.