7 Actions to Take if You May be Getting Fired
An average of 57,887 people were made redundant or fired each day globally in 2015. No-one likes to be asked to pack away their desk permanently; however it is likely to happen at least once in every working person’s life according to statistics.
However, most specialists in the workplace always look out for the signs that days at their current position may be numbered. Like that, if any signals are indicated of a dismissal, they can take measures to offset any potential decisions before being final.
We have compiled a list of what you can do if you have reason to believe you may be asked to leave your employer. These tips have been compiled by our HR expert’s, and while they may not save you from getting fired, it might be of some use to you:
1. Try not to panic
If you have reason to believe that you’re about to be made unemployed, it’s natural to panic you. Our experts say beware, rumours spread quickly in the workplace, and the firing signals may be a misinterpretation or misunderstanding from another co-worker. As well, like the game Chinese whispers, information can also change from one person to another within departments and teams. So stay level headed, remain rational and only trust your own judgement based on interactions with your Manager.
2. Speak to your Manager one to one
By asking for a meeting to speak directly to your Manager may completely rule out the misunderstanding as mentioned above and any reason to be concerned. This is a great way to raise any concerns you are having, get clarity, and ultimately see if there is anything you can do to improve your image within the workplace and therefore increase your chances of retaining your position.
Attend the meeting with an open mind; don’t be quick to rule out any resourceful options such as transferring departments, offices etc. Is your company transitioning at the moment? Offer to help out during this period of uncertainty. By opening up and being honest with your Manager will show that you care about the company and will help you gain points with senior members of staff.
It’s definitely worth arranging a meeting; however it’s good to remember that your Manager may not give you an entirely honest answer about the internal workings of your company. Perhaps they will open up, our experts state that “while it may not be good news, you should weight up whether being oblivious is worse than knowing”.
3. Make an effort and work hard to show it
Try not to focus on negativity, instead give your time to performing to the best of your ability. Your current job will always be the greatest asset to your CV. However, we would recommend improving your conduct within the company to ensure you have enough aspects to update your CV as well.
We would definitely advise to take more initiative at work, offer more input than normal, and work later hours, even volunteer for extra duties if required. Demonstrate your dedication to the company that way, even if you are just about to lose your job, you can maintain professional conduct so that you can leave knowing that you did your best, and will definitely get a positive reference from the HR department.
4. Keep note of everything
Regardless of the status at your current work, it’s always a good idea to keep an electronic file of all correspondence between your employer, that way if you get fired without being given a legitimate reason, you have proof to support you with employment tribunals etc. As well, our experts recommend collecting Managers, Clients, Co-workers or Partners positive references, should you need to disprove any incriminating actions.
It is common practice for a company to try to push someone out as opposed to firing them and having to pay severance or benefits as per company contracts. We recommend trying to resolve the issues rather than handing your notice in.
5. Start working on your CV and credentials
If you think you may lose your job in the near future, its best to consider other options and start to work on your CV and submitting your details with employment websites, just in case.
As well as speaking to people close to you think would be able to give you an honest but great reference, not just professionally, but personally as well. It could be someone you have worked with for a long time who can support you when you start looking for a new job.
6. Take care of your wellbeing outside of work
View this time as a means to gain strength both physically and mentally. Sometimes facing difficulties can be the turn point to a new level of success. As the saying goes “as one door closes another one opens”. Whether you have a future at your current employer or possibly a new one, it’s important to remember to keep a healthy mind-set and way of life, no matter how rough things may look ahead.
Ensure you take light daily exercise, eat healthily, and get enough sleep. You want to be in the best state of mind to make wise decisions and therefore giving yourself the best odds.
7. Decide if your job is worth the effort
If you are genuinely invested in your current job and know you are doing great work, by way of positive feedback from management, if you are in this position and still don’t have job stability, it’s worth weighing up the positives and negatives with your current job. Don’t waste your hard work trying to prove to an employer you are worthy to stay if it’s not somewhere that doesn’t consider your worth.
Perhaps this is the perfect opportunity to re-evaluate your current career path, if you are not where you’d like to be, take this as a sign to move on!