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17 January 2018
Top ten things that are worse than getting fired

The experience of being fired for any job is of course a stressful life event that can happen to anyone over the course of their employment. If you suspect you may get fired then there are a couple of actions to take in order to stay ahead of the game.

  • Begin your job search right away. Register with recruitment agencies and update your CV so that you are prepared.
  • Prepare a list of achievements whilst in the role so that you have backing if you are called into a meeting to discuss your performance.
  • Get advice about what your rights are and have someone check over your contract to see where you stand.

Thanks to Liz Ryan CEO/founder of Human Workplace and author of Reinvention Roadmap, here are ten things that are worse than getting fired:

  1. Staying too long in a job you hate — until you get sick.
  2. Putting up with abuse at work because you don’t think you deserve anything better.
  3. Keeping your mouth shut for years on end because you’re afraid to speak your truth at work.
  4. Staying in a boring, frustrating job that teaches you nothing because you think “at least I have a job.”
  5. Working for a manager who treats you like a bug under their shoe.
  6. Contorting yourself into pretzel shapes trying to please a boss who can’t be pleased, no matter how hard you try.
  7. Waking up with a headache and an aching jaw every morning because you hate your job so much.
  8. Starting to believe that all jobs are terrible and therefore it’s not worth the trouble of looking for a better job than the one you’ve got.
  9. Telling your friends and family members “No, my job is still terrible but I don’t want to talk about it” when they ask you “Has your job gotten better?” If you don’t want to talk about it even with people who love you, how will you ever improve your situation? Maybe you should talk about it, and open a little window of possibility for yourself. Dreams really do come true — if you dare to have a dream!
  10. Hating your job so much that you start to hate yourself for staying in the job.

If you do get fired then remember the following:

  • Don’t burn bridges – you never know when you may come into contact with these people again
  • Manage your emotions – don’t have an irrational outburst at work causing a scene that everyone will remember. Getting fired is not the end of your career so keep your emotions in check and stay cool.
  • Pick your battles – taking legal action is only viable in certain situations. Be sure to get advice from a HR professional who will explain to you your rights.
  • Pick yourself up and start over – everything happens for a reason. Something bigger and better may be waiting for your around the corner, so full steam ahead.
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