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How To Avoid Getting Fired

Discussion
Discussion

The first thing to do if you believe your employer has decided to fire you? Calm down and think the situation over.

Decision Time

Two things you realistically might want to decide prior to being called onto the carpet, or however they do the firing where you work:

1. Do you wish to continue working here?

2. If so, how can you address the problem in a way that permits you to retain employment? If not, how can you exit the company without having a bad mark applied to your work record?

Resolution Time

If you think you are going to be fired for cause, you probably have an inkling as to the reason for it. Somewhere along the line, probably in the recent past, you somehow failed performance wise in the eyes of the people you work for. You need to resolve in your own mind whether your employer's conviction as to your failed performance has sufficient merit as a firing offense (you did indeed foul up) or if you did nothing wrong.

Action Time

If the situation warrants firing, you need to take action promptly, whether or not you wish to remain employed. Responsive reaction to an impending firing will go far toward facilitating the efforts you make to keep your job or, on the other hand, to avoid leaving with a bad mark applied to your work record.

The bold approach may not only keep you employed but bring about an advancement in your career.

Write down the circumstances of the event in question and ask for a meeting with your immediate supervisor ASAP. This person may or may not have knowledge of the situation; act as if not. Lay out the facts as you know them and offer an up-front apology for any damage you may have caused the company. Avoid blaming others for what has happened, though others may well have been involved. Ask your supervisor to help you take your case to a higher authority, if such exists, not as your defendant but as a witness.

Taking Responsibility

Confronting a possible firing offense head on, taking full responsibility for your part in the event in question and avoiding any appearance of dissembling, as likely as not will result in something less severe than an outrght firing. Expect a stern reprimand, however.

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Other Factors

If the firing has to do with factors largely beyond your control such as monetary reasons, wherein the company declares a need to reduce the work force on economic grounds, your efforts at retaining employment should proceed somewhat differently than in the foregoing suggestions.

Again, you need to act quickly. Review the resume you supplied when seeking work for the company for possible revision. Add to it any skills or special knowledge you have acquired in the meantime, either on the job or through supplementary training. As above, talk things over with your immediate supervisor. He or she in this case may become an ally. Act as if you have nothing to lose. Set up an appointment with someone as close to the top echelon as you can get. Approach this person as a new hire with skills applicable to work situations at higher levels than the one you now hold. This bold approach may not only keep you employed but bring about an advancement in your career.

In almost all cases of impending firings, then, the direct approach conducted with all due speed will tend to win out over sitting back and waiting for the proverbial ax to fall.

A Thing To Avoid
A Thing To Avoid

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