Are you having challenges at work? Not getting along with your team? Were you recently was “written off” by your manager? Not sure if the conflict will get resolved or your company will be terminate your employment? I get it, work issues are tough and can add a lot of stress to your day.
The post will help you learn the top 10 primary reasons you may get fired in America and how you can to avoid losing your job. In the post, I will provide down-to-earth and easy to follow tips to assure you stay employed for years to come, your boss loves you and your co-workers enjoy doing business with you. So let’s get started….
1. Lying on your job application/resume
According to Monster.com, as many as 46% of employees lie on their resume, and the three most common lies are education, employment dates, and work skills. Keep in mind; there are many ways employers may check your actual employment history, skills, and background. Most employers reserve a right to void a job offer or fire you on the spot for falsifying important information.
- Stay honest, keep track of your employment dates (month/year) and keep it real
- Keep a big picture in mind and think strategically, if this little “white” lie worth you losing your job and your income
2. Posting inappropriate content on Social Media
One of the most insidious ways to get your employer to get negative attention and expose your personal information is to post inappropriate pictures, make rude, judgmental, racist, or discriminatory comments or share company confidential information publicly.
- Others, including HR managers, can access everything you share on social media
- Comments made in private or closed groups can be accessed by spy-technology
- Consider everything you know about your employer confidential and avoid sharing outside
3. Using work time for personal matters
You are a very busy person, with many things on your plate. Sometimes, If you are working during normal business hours finding time to make a phone call to schedule a doctor`s appointment, follow up on the bill or get any other chores done can be tough.
- Use work time for work-related tasks only, stay off the phone
- Resist the urge to use work time for personal matters
- Do not check your emails, follow up on personal things or check social media sites
4. Negative attitude and personal issues to work
We all have personal things we are dealing with. Maybe it is a fight with a spouse, sick baby at home or health issues. Think for a moment like your employer. Why did they hire you? The company hired you because they had a business challenge or a load of work that needs to be completed, and you were the best candidate to solve it. Keep the employer’s point of view in perspective.
If you are continuously complaining about things, bringing up personal matters to work, and allow your personal life to affect your job performance, your manager may notice.
- Connect with a friend, your family member, or a professional counselor.
- Get help when you need it, manage stress, ask for support and be honest with yourself
- You are not superhuman, but making your employer aware of your personal issues will not have s positive effect on your perspectives with the company
5. Poor performance and not following direct orders
Stop doing your job. Disobey your manager direct orders to complete this or that, and you will get canned. Think like an employer: the company pays you a salary/wages in exchange for performing certain tasks. There are not here to feel sorry for you, keep giving you excuses and extensions.
- Be honest with your manager. If you lack skills, learn! If you have too many priorities, communicate to your manager about the need for focus. Clarify your assignments and make sure your work is completed promptly and according to your employer expectations.
- If you were assigned a task and a deadline that you will not be able to meet, communicate right away that there are some risks and explain your circumstances, do not wait until you fail to deliver, communicate early. Ask for the help you need to get your work done.
6. Tardiness, absenteeism and poor time management
I hate when people are late meetings. I hate to be late too, but life happens. The key here is to manage your life in such a way that you prioritize your work. Being late to meetings, not showing up to work at all and missing deadlines to earn you a bad reputation and may lead to termination of employment.
- Live and breath with a calendar. Make sure that you take notes on your due dates and add them to your calendar as meetings if you need help remembering.
- Allow yourself extra time to get from point A to point B; traffic happens, accidents, life cannot be planned 100% of the time. Avoid back to back meetings in different buildings.
- Take on less thing, learn to say “No” to non-priority commitments and remote/deny and cancel things that will impact your schedule and make you late.
7. Lying or stealing at work
You may think it is not a big deal you told your boss you were sick when in reality you needed to take your kid to school event in a different city. Yes, you may think, one time will not hurt me. You probably are right about that, but getting into the habit of bringing things home from work or telling lies will eventually catch up with you.
- Stick with the facts. Avoid over exaggerating and adding colors to the story.
- That extra stationery you kept bring home from work is called stealing, and so as the personal lunch, you charged to your employer American express card. Keep it real. Be honest.
8. Engaging in office politics or gossip
Julie is such a tramp! The statement seems like a harmless one, but in reality, if you are engaging in slander, gossip, and office politics when you talk about anyone without the person being present. It may feel good to vent at the moment, but in reality, you are digging yourself a grave, one person, one conversation at the time.
- Remind yourself often: if you have nothing good to say, say nothing
- It is impossible to look silly and being blamed for gossiping when you void expressing negative opinions about other people
9. Sexual harassment
The topic is a hot button in the United States and deserves a separate post. For now, keep in mind, sexual harassment is not what you think. It is not grabbing someone in a hallway or giving some lady a tight “friendly” hug. It can be as harmless as “looking”, passing inappropriate joke, giving a compliment about appearance or event simply mentioning someone`s look in a conversation.
- Avoid joking, stories or behavior that could make other people uncomfortable
- Use your grandmother rule: would you say/do that to your grandmother? If not, do not do or say it
- Respect personal space. Americans demand 5-7 feet of personal space between two people during conversations. Do not get in people`s face or stand too close.
10. Poor social and team skills
Communication is one the most desirable work skills in the U.S. You may think you are doing the right thing by coming to work, doing your job and leaving, but others may consider you unfriendly. Learn to smile first, make eye contact and say hi, regardless of who it is or what the circumstances are.
- Being polite and friendly will do wonders for you in America. it is not always easy to carry on with a smiling routine, when you are having a rough day, not feeling well or simply stressed out, but remember it is expected you to hide your true emotional state and remain polite at all times
- Take time to build relationships with your teammates. Get to know them on a personal level, ask them about their life and how their day is going. It is what Americans are accustomed to and what is called “small talk.”
The situation happened to me too. I was terminated from a job. It was unexpected and unpleasant. It hurt. A lot. Today I know, my own choices led me to where I ended up with my employers. Yes, I brought it on myself.
Not always, but in many cases, getting fired is a big red sign in the middle of the road saying STOP and re-evaluate your behavior. That said, I am not blaming you for getting fired, I am simply suggesting that that could be some objective reasons to why you lost your job.
Of course, employers will never tell you directly; you got fired because… and that if why it is so important to know what type of behaviors may lead HR to terminate your employment with a company. I hope you found the post informative and as usual, thank you for reading and please come back next week for new tips on Employment and Life in America.
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