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Readers Respond: When Your Employment Was in Danger, What Did You Do To Keep Your Job?

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In the attached article, I discussed actions to take while you are still employed when you think your employment is in danger of termination. Do you have strategies to share about how to keep your job in the face of potential employment termination? In these economic times, keeping your job is the priority. Share your tips for keeping your job. See More Reader Responses. Share Your Tips

We care about you...NOT

When your boss doesn't treat the people with the same type of job you have. For instance, the custodian staff on all levels can toss the trash. We were on the main level and was told not to, but yet they say they had to be picky with us because that level made a difference. If it made a difference then why couldn't we toss the trash. At the end supervisor said we didn't do as we were told. I'm sorry but a place isn't clean unless you toss the trash. It was her inconsistency on how she dealt with the custodial staff. She needed to treat everyone the same. If they toss the trash we can too. We tried stepping up our cleaning up a notch and our work went unnoticed. She had her mind made up and we were let go. They say they care about you. That's a load of bull! If they truly cared about you they would want to keep you on and work through things. But sometimes your best isn't good enough for them. Sometimes your boss is unreasonable. Ridiculous to be fired after five years of work
—Guest MickeyB

Boss' perception matters

Regardless of what your boss says outwardly, stay neutral in a job. S/he will have you in the team, only if (1) s/he realized "others" need you, (2) s/he feels you have learned during the course of the job led by her, (3) s/he feels your "skills" can be put to use in future. So always try to keep that kind of profile, never assume anything even if you are appreciated on the face, remember millions of simple people do good in projects, in fact they do better.
—Guest Ama

123 Reasons to Fire You

As an HR professional, I can say this based on experience; when your boss doesn't like you, she will invest time and resources to find every reason to fire you. That's a sad fact and I don't condone it. You either quit or keep your job as long as you can but prepare for a battle that is never worth your sanity. Yet, your boss is also an employee; know your rights but don't compromise integrity. Filing for legal complaint often leaves a stigma. Proactively take control of your life and don't give your boss the satisfaction to control it.
—Guest HR Perspective

How to handle this situation?

XYZ company is located in a small town with several other labor intensive companies. The company constantly competes for labor, often operating with less than a full complement of personnel. Recently, the company is facing a challenge with employee turnover. Statistics show that almost 50 percent of terminations are employees in the first year of their employment, a number that is more than 10 percent higher than the national average. The company system estimated that terminations cost as much as $2.2 million annually, and that reducing terminations could have significant impact on its bottom line. If you were the HR manager, how would you tackle the situation? What modifications would you suggest in the HR practices of the company? I'm confusing! (Check out: http://humanresources.about.com/od/retention/ for lots of retention ideas. Scroll down for more articles.)
—Guest lala lia

Keeping but a job but got cold feet...

Well you may like a job when you first start... However, if it's only for money and this is at any cashier jobs and people are all over your back you either befriend them or start looking for a career immediately.
—Guest Amanda Mojica


I was a teacher in a public school system. I arrived early and stayed late, worked with parents, volunteered, focused on my students succeeding, etc. I was a great team player, cordial to my colleagues but I refused to join the cliques at work. Some colleagues would spend more time trying to throw their co-workers under the bus than teaching. I noticed my boss doing things that were unethical and I was being called into the office to ask why I was not on the positive side. Well, the positive side was the clique side and I refused to be a part of that. I went above and beyond my job description. Parents and students respected me. I missed a lot of church services and when I did go, I was not focused. I prayed to God that if he wanted me to continue working here to make it obvious. For the entire year, I was harassed but I still loved teaching the students. God gave me my answer. I am starting a new business and I am relieved to be gone! Within the past year, 14 have left. 2 within months of me. (Congratulations from Susan.)
—Guest KS

Self reliance

Believe in yourself because if you don't, no one will believe in you and we all need to be thinking about setting ourselves up for the rainy day. Never know when it will come, but we better be ready.
—Guest janny

Root Cause

Find out the root cause of the danger to employment first. Is it because of YOU or the Employer? Think of a positive way to get rid of the troubles and involve proactively.
—Guest Basil Pereira

Doing the right thing doesn't matter

I left a stable, boring job for a more challenging opportunity. I didn't know that I was coming into a dysfunctional department where managers and employees were leaving every year. I was doing everything that my manager had asked, including working late to get the project done, but unfortunately, it was not enough. He would tell me that I was doing a great job, but a few months later, I was let go. I suggest that you get all directives in writing and make a daily file to take home with you. I was unable to defend myself since I didn't have access to my work emails and electronic files.

Craziness in the clinic

I didn't get a chance. I am a licensed mental health therapist with 20 years of experience. Finances were bad at the clinic and the director asked my son if he would loan her money. He turned her down because he felt that she was a bad risk. She said it wasn't a problem BUT, a few weeks later, she called me into a public meeting and accused me of "ruining her reputation in the mental health community". Then she told me I was a rotten therapist. I know my skills are better than that and knew she was just trying to hurt me. She was incredibly inappropriate and I thought long and hard about leaving. She beat me to it and gave me a lay-off notice the very next week, but expected me to stay three weeks to close down my caseload - which I did. The next three weeks were from Hell. Her moods were all over the place. I walked on eggshells for all three weeks. It was nuts and I've never been so glad to get out of a place in my life. Definitely one of the more crazy experiences I've had.
—Guest Anita

Song to De-Stress From a Difficult Boss

Listen at URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VP2W74xd_4
—Guest Majorshadow

How to Hold Your Job

I had a therapist who gave me this response when I asked him what I would have to do to keep a job (I was unemployed at the time). He told me, "Fake it 'til you make it. Ask questions and be open-minded. Exude confidence; even if you don't feel it, show it!" I guess it is important to note that it's worked so far for me in applying for jobs, but I have yet to use this advice when actually hired and working for a particular office/employment. I guess I sorta trusted him because , although he had o.c.d. (like me), he was a role model for me and I knew the advice originated from his mouth, so I knew the information was true.
—Guest Robert Cura


It's always fishy if your rank stays the same but you report to a lower ranked person, while your old boss insists proudly, "This is not a demotion." Well, my friends, it led to termination. Secondly, boss does not lose interest in employee's personal life because he is busy, but probably because of guilt about manipulating the employee out of job soon. Like Andy Grove said, "Only the paranoid survive." Gluck!
—Guest pgg

Put In More Committment

From experience I think the best option is to put more effort into your job and increase your networking for human relationships and development of new ideas.
—Guest emmanuel Ashinaga

Self Reliance

It's always best to have faith in yourself, everyone else is not reliable. I worked with a girl who had problems and kept calling off and not showing up without out calling them. She was fired and she blamed me for getting her fired - she did that on her own. I relied on myself until I got tired of the job, I wasn't fast enough for them, but I think the problem was that I was distracted from working at my best because the co-worker was a friend, but not the one mentioned above. I had 2 co-workers at 2 different times. The 2nd one was better to work with than the 1st.
—Guest annonymous

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