Because I was fired in 2011, the issue of why people are terminated interests me. As a result of my curiosity, I have gained some information regarding various factors that can result in termination. Here are three:
I’m fairly certain that one of my mentors during undergraduate school was fired as a result of perceived insubordination. I draw this conclusion based on the fact that I happened to overhear our boss having a discussion with her in which he cited an event that he deemed capable of being interpreted as insubordination. Although broadly defined, insubordination is basically a matter of defying authority. It can involve something like refusing to file some paperwork or choosing not to attend a mandatory meeting. If you’re attempting to avoid termination, don’t fall into a pattern of perpetual insubordination.
2. Engaging In Non-Work Related Activity.
In her discussion of why people get fired, Alison Doyle notes Career Builder’s finding that “22% of employers have fired someone for using the Internet for non-work related activity.” Unfortunately, the prevalence of the internet makes it very possible to get online for personal purposes while you are on the job. To avoid this type of behavior and the termination it can engender, consider whether you can disable the internet while you are at work. If your employer won’t permit this or you have a job that necessitates internet research, remind yourself that you’re not paid to surf the web or shop online.
3. Drug Or Alcohol Possession At Work.
Unfortunately, we live in an era where the use of illegal drugs is an epidemic. That being said, it is not unusual to note that some people are willing to bring their drugs or alcohol to their place of work. This isn’t a prudent decision if you want to keep your job given that it is a reality that can precipitate your termination from your place of employment. To avoid this challenge, consider the fact that drugs and alcohol have a debilitating effect on your physical and mental health that can facilitate the acquisition of troublesome diseases that preclude you from living freely and fully.
If termination is not a reality that you are interested in experiencing, you should think critically about whether your job performance and personal proclivities are conducive to helping you maintain your position. If not, behavior modification is in order. By behaving in a manner that is worthy of promotion rather than termination, you can continue generating the revenue that helps make you a more productive and positive person. Good luck! :)
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