JournalismPakistan.com March 04, 2013
Let me share with you a few comments made by people who lost their jobs and cannot believe it happened to them. See if you recognize yourself in any of them because then you might be at equal risk. Always remember that wherever you are sitting there are 10 others waiting to take your place at a lesser cost. So, you had better be good.
Okay, let’s share. The five top reasons for being dumped.
Gossip – Talking against co-workers or managers especially about stuff that is not true. Not getting along with anyone in the workplace, always carrying a chip on your shoulder, spreading unpleasant rumors.
This, by far, the single largest reason why a company will let you go, you are not worth the hassle factor. It is simple as that, you wreck the atmosphere and your humor is laced with malice. Would you keep someone like you?
Wasting company time - Too much slacking off such as surfing the Internet and stealing from company’s clock. Whether it is time or effort, it is stealing if you misuse it. If a boss knows you are not doing your work (your body language gives you away, you don’t have to conceal being on the Net or in Facebook nor does the boss have to come to you, he or she just knows) it stays on his mind. Gradually, that mental picture of you as a slacker builds up. The first time there is a cut you are on the list and you were the wonder boy. Look at the bright side, now you can surf the Net all day.
Absences lead to departures - This is truer than you might think. Bosses know you are a ducker, that you stay away from work, that you take too much leave and are the office absentee….every office has a few. You have a list of excuses from sickness to family problems to official (private) work, it doesn’t matter, every few days you are off and then the company boss says ,hello, this guy has attitude, he doesn’t do much and when he is not around no one misses his mini-contribution, why on earth are we keeping the fellow.
Lying - One word that says it all. Never cheat on your resume and say things are not true or make declarations which are false. You will lose your credibility and getting it back is impossible. Do not lie to your bosses, tell the truth, it might get you into hot water but it will also save you from the corporate axe. If you lie you are not going to get any leeway.
Personal conduct - You can say it is none of the company’s business what you do in you private life but it is to an extent. If you get caught in a scandal, misuse banned substances, avoid office because you cannot hold your own against spirits, are quarrelsome and boorish, get into hassles with the law, are seen in questionable company these are not private and the company you work in has the right to ask you what is going on.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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