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How not to get Fired From a JOB
If you want to keep your job, continue reading this article.
A J.O.B is the number one source of income for most of us. Thus, keeping it or staying employed is necessary. And in this article, let’s talk about six (6) behaviors you need to be aware of to keep receiving your paycheck.
Be on Time
No one wants a tardy employee. I guess you’d agree on that?
Tardiness shows you lack a commitment to your work. It will affect the good relationship with your boss and your colleague. And if you lack commitment, what’s the point of keeping you?
Of course, there are times you can’t avoid being late. Maybe it’s because of an emergency or something weird happened that’s beyond your control. That’s totally fine. But if tardiness becomes a habit, then you are inviting yourself to get fired from work.
Take part and ask questions. Make them feel you are a valuable member, and express an innate desire to learn. This shows you are willing to grow inside the organization, and people would want to work with you for that.
This also equates to moving out of the comfort zone. A challenging task but is necessary to grow.
If your team applies agile methodology, volunteer to be a member of squads. You will gain more work experience and expand your network within the organization.
Deliver your BAU’s
BAU or Business As Usual is your day-to-day tasks written on your job description which you are paid to do. If you are incapable of delivering these tasks, it sends a negative signal about your competency. And your competency is your grade at work.
If your grade is low, then it means you are not meeting the requirements. And this makes it easier for them to fire you. If you are having a difficult time delivering your BAU’s, you can ask for training or coaching. But by all means, deliver your BAU’s at work.
Don’t be afraid to ask. Because what you do not know will cost your job.
Don’t be a Know it All Person
Okay, ask yourself this. Do you want to work with someone who knows it all?
Almost every company in the world is streamlining its workforce. And when streamlining happens, it means letting go of non-essential personnel. And sometimes, your boss or HR will have a difficult time analyzing employee data on who’s essential or who’s not.
If this happens, what do you think is the next metric?
Know that your boss and HR are human beings. If the employee's score sheet can’t decide who to fire, the next they will refer to is “word of mouth” or, what other people think about you. And if you are that annoying Mr. Know it All, considering yourself in the spotlight as “non-essential”
Don’t Sleep at Work
This is common sense. I think there are two mortal rules if you are an employee. Much like the 10 commandments, and if you violate either one of these rules, you are in big trouble.
Side by side by being on time is never sleeping at work. Put yourself in the owner's shoes, would you want someone you are paying for sleeping?
I know everyone has different circumstances in life. And some situations at home are hard to manage and you sometimes bring your exhaustion to work. But this is the challenge you need to overcome if you want to keep your job. Never make your life circumstances an excuse to sleep. If you need to take a nap, do it over lunch break.
Thus, never party if the day after is a workday. And at least, have six (6) hours of sleep. I think six (6) hours is the best compromise for people having different hustles.
Have the Discipline to not use Facebook While Working
It’s not just Facebook, but all social media apps.
Checking social media, even for a quick snip, will remove a chunk of your productivity. These platforms are designed to grab your attention. The app populates your news feed with information or content you are interested in. And they are very addictive, and very difficult to resist.
Even if you swear that it will only be for 30 seconds, chances are, you are trapped for at least 15 minutes.
Your cellphone can take away a huge part of your time, from things that are not even related to work. And if your job is important to you, you should avoid reaching for your phone when working. Really focus on work when it's time for work.
Final Thoughts on How Not to Get Fired From Work
A consistent valuable output to the organization is a sure bet to keep your job. The landscape now is very competitive, and you need to have the focus to maintain employment. Avoiding the actions mentioned above will pave the development of a successful personal habit.
Keeping your job only means two things, valuing your time and staying productive. Having these two important values will not only ensure the employment of your current organization but can also prepare you for other opportunities that would come in life.
© 2021 Erl Sua