Any tips for not getting fired from a job?

United States
August 24, 2007 6:09pm CST
Getting fired from a job is easy. Just show up late two or three times without a good explanation. Or, talk back to your boss and act mean to customers! That's a sure fire way to get fired. Losing a job is not the hard part, keeping one is! I've found from personal experience that it's not always possible to keep a job, even if you mind your manners and work extremely hard. When it comes time for jobs to be cut, there seems to be no way around it. So, I was wondering if anyone has any tricks for insulating themselves from getting fired. Have you found any good ways to make yourself the bosses favorite worker so that they would never think to fire you? Are there ways to politic your way into a lifetime job (assuming the job is good enough to keep for a lifetime)?
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• United States
24 Aug 07
You have to become an indispensable expert at some area of your job and find a way not to train anyone to replace you.
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
25 Aug 07
Even at one area, they can find someone else and either train them, or just bring in an expert and bypass training altogether. Its astonishing.
@trickomm (309)
• Hungary
24 Aug 07
I worked lots of workplaces and made several kind of jobs. When I was a newswriter in a daily political newspaper there was just only one way to keep my job: make the best interviews, article or make a very hard research about something and write first in our country - they can't say i'm fired because i wrote several articles what was the first article in the country about actual subject. It was really hard to do. One way is really works: if you're your own boss :) If you own a company (little or bigger) you will not fire yourself probably :) So if you want to find a non-fired-secure workplace than make your own business (i don't believe on-line business i think off-lines). And something what's interest: in France, Europe the bosses are dread fire out somebody. The french laws are very hard. If somebody fire out one of his worker he must to paid a LOT to the fired person. Because that most boss keeps their workers - I know a story about an old woman who is now 67 and go to the same work everyday and she doesn't do anything all day, just sit down and call her girlfriends. All day. And it's cheaper for a boss to pay the phone bills and her payment than he fire her... It's crazy!
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
24 Aug 07
I work in a place that used to treat employees like garbage and any of the things you mentioned would get you fired. If you even did your job right you would get fired. So my way to fight that was to organize joining a major union. We are now union members and that has protected our jobs so we no longer have the need to brown nose the bosses. The down side is we are now union members and people do get away with the things you mentioned above! You can never win...
• United States
25 Aug 07
Some times kissing a little hinder helps otherwise be the best u can b be yourself a real person can be good phonies are easy to spot the main thing i can tell u is keep it real and do your best
@youless (93132)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Aug 07
You have to keep such a faith: The boss is always right. As well as the customers are the God. Don't fight with your boss because he is always right. Do not expect to the higher salary and you are quite satisfied with your present job.
@archer1811 (1099)
• Philippines
25 Aug 07
Hi beautyqueen! The only way for the employee to stay on his/her job of course is punctuality, perseverance and valuing the importance of her/his job. If you have this traits your boss can easily promote you into a higher position even if you dont expect it. Being serious and showing dedication to your job can help you keep stay. Others stay because of their good performance that lead them to a good recognition from the higher level.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
25 Aug 07
Someone suggested being indispensable in one thing at your job earlier, that works some of the time. However, you can increase your chances by becoming indispensable in multiple areas and through multiple means. Personally, I'm the best in several areas of the workplace and I've devised two programs/methods that have increased workplace efficiency (working on a third). I'm the one with the keys to those paths of success so once I'm gone they'll only have so long till things somethings don't work.
• Philippines
25 Aug 07
Lucky for me, our organization doesn't go around randomly firing people. I haven't thought of this before. And I don't think I'd want to keep a job so bad that I'd have to sacrifice my integrity for it. Mostly, I think it's about doing a good job. It's about being focused no matter what the environment is.
@kennedee (157)
• Philippines
25 Aug 07
yes you're right about that dear.. It's so hard to maintain your job. Even if you are so irritated with your boss you have to follow what he/she is telling you to do. I think one way is of course your attendance. Keep in mind to follow instructions at all time. finish your work on time and don't forget to smile even if things get really worse.
• United States
25 Aug 07
My advice would be to be a likeable person (but learn to do that without sucking up). Treat your fellow employees as you want to be treated. Be the kind of employee to your boss that you would want him to be if your roles were switched. I have found that many bosses will overlook some things if they genuinely like the person that you are. On the other hand, if they do not like who you are, they will use the tiniest infraction as a means to get rid of you.
@Zelmarq (11503)
• Cebu City, Philippines
24 Aug 07
To prevent oneself from getting fired is to do what is expected of you by the company. If the company expects you to be early and not be late for work you should do it by all means. Sometimes its inevitable that we get late for work but if one persons does that everyday then thats another story and no good reasons or alibis could suffice. ANd another you should be able to deliver the service of the performance that is expected of you or of us, be able to meet deadlines and be able to hit targets. It could require extra effort but its the best way to survive and prevent oneself fromg etting fired.