No matter who you are or where you’re from, getting fired can be damaging to your self esteem. It’s not only embarrassing, it can leave you feeling lost, with no idea what to do next.
But while it may seem that getting fired is the result of a serious breach of contract, it can happen for a variety of reasons, some of which you may not have even considered. Below are seven examples of ways good employees get fired, which should help you avoid making the same mistake.
Posting Something You Shouldn’t on Facebook
Stories about people being fired for something they posted on Facebook are common, yet many people continue to be let go from their jobs because of their social media habits. It’s not just disparaging remarks against your boss and company that you should avoid, but also things like lying about your whereabouts when you called in sick, only to post that you were out shopping.
Being Critical of the Company
While it’s your right to express your disagreement with a boss or company policies in the right manner and right channels, it’s another story if you’re constantly negative about everything. If you’ve established your reputation as a gossiper, you’re putting your career, or at least your job, in jeopardy.
Not Being a Team Player
Every company needs team players. Unfortunately, you’re not doing yourself any favors if you have poor social and communication skills. And when you’re the lone wolf, it’s easy for your team to pin the blame on you when things go wrong.
Being Constantly Late
If you’re so habitually late that showing up on time actually surprises people, you might as well paint a bullseye on your back. It’s irresponsible, unprofessional and shows you don’t care about your work, your boss, or the company.
Sure, your tenure and years of experience have given you some clout to do your own thing at work, but if you publicly disobeyed your boss’s orders, don’t be surprised if you’re let go. If you have opinions and suggestions on how to perform a task or run a project, do it through the right channels instead of being insubordinate.
Giving the Minimum Effort
In a competitive job market, don’t think you can get away with just giving the bare minimum at work. When dozens of other people are happy to go above and beyond what is asked of them at work, you can’t expect to be indispensable by not showing any extra effort.
Acting and Talking Inappropriately
Just saying something inappropriate to the wrong person at work can cost you your job. If your remarks or actions are determined to be harassing to someone of the opposite sex, for example, don’t be surprised if you get fired.
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