Getting fired vs. quitting a job.

@Marcola (2776)
United States
June 28, 2008 1:49pm CST
What do you think is worse? Obviously, getting fired isn't the most positive thing. However, I have a friend who once told me thats it's better to be fired than to quit, because when you quit, you do it for your own selfish reasons and basically, you're a quitter. I guess he took a class and learned this. If you get fired because you don't do anything on the job, that's your own fault, but if you get fired over something stupid like, "Oh, you're not working fast enough!" and then you think, "Well, I'm doing the best I can based on the working conditions here." I'm asking this because I just started a new job and I'm a little paranoid about getting fired. I, of course, try my best, but it seems most employers are unreasonable. I've only had two days of work and on my second day, they're already on my a$$! Don't they realize it takes time to learn a new job and all the fancy equipment that goes with it?!
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@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
29 Jun 08
I think quitting and getting fired are both bad things, even though if you get fired you can get Unemployment from the government,whereas at the same time if you quit you can still keep your pride,which is sometimes more important.
@Marcola (2776)
• United States
29 Jun 08
I agree with the pride thing, although for me, I must admit, pride gets in the way.
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• United States
30 Jun 08
Yeah I agree pride has a bad habit of getting in the way,especially if you get too much pride,and refuse to admit when you are wrong,have a great day my friend, good luck in your life,and Happy Posting.
@wachit14 (3603)
• United States
29 Jun 08
First of all, I want to wish you luck on your new job. I've had many jobs over the years. Some I've quit and some I've been fired from and it's better to having control over the situation. Even though you may be eligible to collect unemployment, some employers will deny that because they believe that the employee wasn't doing their job and will appeal so it's better to quit first I think. In the meantime, don't worry so much about being fired. Just do your very best and eventually your employers will see how hard you are working. If not, then you always have the opportunity to take control of the situation and find something more suitable for you. Good luck.
@Marcola (2776)
• United States
2 Jul 08
Thank you for the kind words.
• Malaysia
29 Jun 08
I think both also will be bad for me, cause both also will stop my money resource. If really have to choose the worst, I will think that getting fired will be worst than quiting a job. In my mind, to be fired will be embarassing, seems like I'm the person who did wrong, but if I'm the person who quit the job, I will feel relax. Anyway, either getting fired or quiting a job, at last will get a new job too. Always be optimise towards new hope.
@Marcola (2776)
• United States
2 Jul 08
That's true.
@zandi458 (27893)
• Malaysia
29 Jun 08
I would prefer quitting over being fired. You quit because you found a better paying job but if you're fired then something is not right with your work or aren't acceptable by your employer. It gives you a bad credential and is not good for job hunting. The future employer will ask why you left your former employment and if they find out you are being fired then the chances of getting the job is slim. Think about it. Getting fired is the worse case that should happen to any employee.
@Marcola (2776)
• United States
2 Jul 08
Thanks for the reply.
@LouieWpHs04 (4560)
• United States
29 Jun 08
They're both pretty bad. Getting fired is the obvious choice for being worse. Although getting fired can be beneficial in some ways, it can also be negative in a lot of ways too, and the main one being that it'll be with you for the rest of your life. It can be beneficial as to help you learn your mistakes and be a better employee in the future at another company or possibly drive your motivation to the point where you start your own business. Your friend isn't too bright if he believes being fired is better then quitting on your own. If the person quits for some sort of selfish reason then yeah, I would agree with him. Not everyone quits for that though. Some people are treated badly, some truely believe that they're better then what they're getting paid & others have other reasonable reasons for quitting that don't have anything to do with them being selfish. I'm sorry to hear you're having a hard time at your new job, i'm sure that will pass & after a week or two of working there you'll get the hang of it & your bosses will ease up on you. Most people that're seemingly rude aren't necessarily. They're just trying to get you focused and into the groove of things. Some people do it very badly, and others do it very well. If you're in the groove of things & been there for a while and they still seem to be hovering over you to speak, that's when you should start to get a little confused, or even worried! If that's the case ask your boss what you can do to make him feel more at ease & go from there. I hope this helps!
@Marcola (2776)
• United States
29 Jun 08
I thought he was joking around when he first said it, so of course, I'd bring it up again and again. I chose to quit my last job rather than intentionally get fired, since I had been there for over two years and needed a decent reference. I agree with the reasons you gave for quitting a job. Both of those had something to do with me quitting my last job. Anyway, thanks for the words of encouragement. I hope I can make this last!
• United States
29 Jun 08
i would think quit so you can have the reference (if you quit with notice and good standing that is) where as fire no one will give you a good reference over
@Marcola (2776)
• United States
29 Jun 08
Thanks for the reply.
• Canada
29 Jun 08
getting fired has got to be 100 times worse. I think i'd hire someone that has quit their last job, then hire someone who was fired from their last job. But thats just my 2 cents.
@Marcola (2776)
• United States
29 Jun 08
Thanks for the reply.
@ryshawneo (405)
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
For me, it's better to quit than getting fired. It's more hurtful when the company fired you. it means that you are not qualified anymore or you are just not worthy for the job. quitting, doesn't mean that you are a quitter already. there must be a reason why you quit the job. and, getting fired is a bad record. :)
@Marcola (2776)
• United States
29 Jun 08
Thanks for the reply.
@Guardian208 (1095)
• United States
29 Jun 08
When I was an employer I would never hire someone who was fired from a job. You may not put that on the resume but I would always call previous employers to references. If you were fired, I have to wonder why and why would things be any different while you were working at my company. Leaving a job is not quitting. Most companies understand that all jobs are not good fits for every person. You should understand that too. There are some jobs that we are just not suited for and some companies that we are not suited to work for. You are not a quitter if you are seeking better employment. The only time getting fired is good for you is if you are planning to collect unemployment payments. You are not usually eligible if you quit your last job. If you are fired or laid off you will get approved more easily and get a higher benefit.
@Marcola (2776)
• United States
29 Jun 08
Thanks for the reply.
@Valenas (1510)
• United States
29 Jun 08
I think that it depends on the reason that you were fired, or that you quit. "I quit because my boss was seriously flirting with me and even after discussing the problem with my boss, the problem persisted," seems like it would be more justified than "I was fired because my boss caught me spitting in the food." It also works the other way around.
@Marcola (2776)
• United States
29 Jun 08
Yeah, that makes sense.
• United States
28 Jun 08
I disagree....I had recently just quit my job and I'm not a "quitter" I had to since I just had a baby and I don't trust daycares or babysitters so my husband wanted me to stay home and take care of our son. My boss was very understanding and he also told me if I ever wanted to come back just to call him and he'll hire me back. I was at my job for over 8 years and I was a very good employee...if he needed me to do a double shift or work a weekend I was there. There are reasons why people quit and it's doesn't mean they are "selfish"....it depends on what is going on in their lives. So to me being fired is way worst than quitting.
@Marcola (2776)
• United States
28 Jun 08
Well, it sounds like you have an understanding boss. I don't think all of them are that way.
@celticeagle (78191)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Jun 08
I think getting fired is worse. Quitting a job is more productive that getting fired. Fired is going to mess with you.
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
its is better to quit rather than to be fired. I don't care if it will give an impression that i am a quiter. rather than to be fired because your not productive or you don't fit for a job... because if you quit, you personally give up not for selfishness but because of the reason that you don't like the environment of your job. than, being fired that gives an empression to other employers that your not a good employee and you have an attitude problem in relation to work and peers...
@tammytwo (4305)
• United States
29 Jun 08
Being fired is bad and I can say this because I have just been fired from a job that I have had for two years. I got a new boss 4 1/2 months ago and she has been looking for an excuse to fire me from day one. I knew from the start I would never be good enough to work for her regardless of the fact that I was putting in 60 hours a week and doing my best. She felt I didn't have a right to be in my position because I don't hold a degree in Journalism. My previous boss however still feels he made the right decision when promoting me to that position and so does the public (and that is who matters to me, because they are the ones I served). Although being fired will be tough to explain to potential employers I know with all of the recommendations I can get from public officials it won't look as bad as it originally sounds.
• Kottayam, India
29 Jun 08
Getting more salary, or difference of opinion with your boss may be the reason for quitting. But the decision is yours if you are quitiing think twice otherwise you may be in difficult.
@elmiko (6642)
• United States
29 Jun 08
I would say your friends going to have a bad reputation when it comes to getting jobs if he continues. Theres certain situation that come up in life whether they be for good reasons,bad reasons,right,wrong or whatever it may be. If you quit a job fast yeah I would consider that a quiter but just because you quit does not make you a quiter in life.