The first time it happened to me, I can honestly say that I saw it coming.
Getting fired is one of the worst feelings you can experience on the job. It leaves you questioning why you didn’t see it coming and if you could’ve done something to fix it.
I pride myself on being a hard working professional, but even I have been fired! The first time it happened, I can honestly say that it was expected.
I worked at a retail store and loved the benefits. I was rockin’ the newest trends, inviting my friends to see the new merchandise and enjoying the flexibility of the role! To top if off, I was making $13/hour, which was a huge pay raise at that time.
My manager and I were tight and I had no issues with my co-workers. But I did have an issue with getting in on time.
Going to school, being involved on campus and juggling a job became too much for me to handle. I got into work late a few times and got those simple warnings.
You know the ones where your manager kindly calls you to their office and says, “Listen, I love having you work here, but if you don’t get your act together, I’m going to have to let you go.”
You would think that after being told that, it’d be a no brainer to get my fish together, but I just wasn’t on that time! Absorbed by the college life, I continued to stroll in late until one day my boss had enough.
Then I agreed to switch shifts with a co-worker on of our busiest days but I completely forgot. I got a call from my boss and sis, I already knew what time it was.
“Kennedy, you were supposed to be here two hours ago! You know what? You’re fired!” Just like that, I was jobless.
So, why did I go on a tangent and tell you all of this? Well, Money Zine reports that while losing your job may be professionally, financially and emotionally draining, it happens to very successful people and you will bounce back!
You may find yourself feeling down about being unemployed, but there are ways to avoid being fired and pick yourself back up if it does happen.
I’ve got five tips that’ll help lessen your chances of being fired and help you get to the bag!
Work Above and Beyond
What kind of worker are you? Do you do the bare minimum and simply “get by” or are you working your ass off?
I find that managers love to see their employees work harder than others because it showcases their leadership and passion for the position.
If you’re going above the weekly goals, coming in early and doing more than what’s expected of you, there’s no reason your boss would want to see you go.
Make Sure The Position Is Right For You
The same way that your employee is picky with their recruiting process, you should be too! After all, you’re the one that’ll be clocking in and putting in the work.
Every time I apply for positions, I look at all of the details the job entails and ask myself if I would enjoy working there. I research the company, the culture, the pay and if they all align with my interests and values. Then I know that I’ll enjoy my position.
Work On Your Attitude
Ranting on social media about your job, constantly complaining to your co-workers or being involved in office drama are prime examples of what not to do when it comes to work.
Displaying a bad attitude on the job can inhibit your professional development, affect your overall performance and can disrupt the dynamic of your team. When everyone at work knows that you’re unhappy to be there, guess what?! Your wish just might come true.
Follow The Employee Handbook
On day one, we’re extra careful about being on time, meeting the deadlines, and attending meetings. But once we get comfortable, things switch up!
We start “forgetting” what is expected of us. But don’t let this happen to you. Familiarize yourself with your company’s employee handbook.
An employee handbook is a compilation of the policies, procedures, working conditions, and behavioural expectations that guide employee actions while at work.
By reading through your employee handbook, you’ll know exactly what is expected of you, how your employer will address and apply policies and procedures and what you can expect from your employer.
Avoid crossing the line and going against company policies by following the guidelines set out in your company’s employee handbook.
Be A Leader
How many times have you seen your manager get fired? Leaders tend to keep their positions because they’re the backbone of the team and without them, things may fall apart.
Take on the role of being someone your team can depend on and look up to. Be positive, be a problem solver and work hard no matter the cost.
It’s inevitable to know what will happen when it comes to your position, but I guarantee that if you follow these tips, you won’t be the first person your boss wants to let go.
There will be times when your company may have to let people go, but never forget that managers want to keep strong players on their team to keep the company flow at ease.
If you come in every day like it’s your first day, you’ll be sure to stand out and make the most of your position.
This post was written by Kennedy Edwards, creator at www.kennedyskharisma.com
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