Career Tips

5 Reasons Your Company May Fire You

Date Posted: 10/12/2018

Getting fired sucks. Especially if it’s sudden and you didn’t really think it would happen to you. You might expect to lose your job due to poor performance or bad behavior, but not knowing what you did wrong puts you in an awkward situation and it will be hard to get your next job abroad. Of course, some things might immediately get you fired, like punching your boss or not showing up.

Here are the top 5 most common ways people get fired.

Being Dishonest

When you’re dishonest about your resume or qualifications, it will usually get you fired. If you think lying about your education is a good way to get ahead, think again. It isn’t. You won’t get very far and as soon as you get caught, you will likely be let go. Lying about the work you did or stealing company funds is also a sure way to get fired. To avoid this, be honest with your boss and the company from the beginning.

Violating Company Policy

Most companies have a set of rules employees must follow. These rules can be about anything from clothing to vacation time and sick days. If you break the rules, you may get fired. To make sure you don’t violate company policy, learn the company rules and always follow them.

Poor Performance

Getting a job abroad is step number one on the pathway to success. Performing well is step number two.  Remember that your employer is paying you for your performance, not for your ability to sit in a chair and talk with your co-workers. In addition, don’t be late to the office, sleep on the job, or look unprofessional.

If you have deadlines, be prepared and ready to have things completed on time. If you work in hospitality, always smile, be polite, and always treat your guests with warmth and respect.

Take your job seriously and you will not have a problem.

Insubordination (not following rules)

If an employer asks you to do something, try to be as respectful and polite as possible. If you’re questioning why they’re asking you to do something or suggesting that someone else should do it, you may come across as insubordinate and get fired. It’s important to remember that you’re being paid to help your boss and the company, so try to be as helpful as possible.

Poor Judgment

Here are some things to keep in mind to avoid poor judgment at work:

  • Don’t talk badly about fellow employees, your boss, or your company on social media.
  • Don’t gossip about co-workers.
  • Be careful when interacting with co-workers and when talking about your work to others.
  • Don’t drink on the job.
  • Don’t sleep in the back office.
  • Don’t have friends hang out while you’re working.
  • Don’t use the company’s computer to check your social media accounts.

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