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6 Simple Ways to Get Yourself Fired

http://peterthink.blogs.com/thinking/btheadset.jpgMy blog is centered around the things you can do if you happen to lose your job. Well, I think this is a good time to talk about ways to keep your job. Here’s a list of common mistakes we as employees make during the day that could potentially get us fired. Each of these things are easily avoided and can save yourself a lifetime of regret.

    1. Playing on your iPhone.

    Most people leave their iPhone out on their desk all day so that anytime they don’t have something to do, they can hop on their phone and check their email and update their Facebook status. Others think it’s okay to spend 5 to 10 minutes a day trying to beat their high score on Angry Birds. Let’s be honest, it’s not okay.

    2. Personal Phone Calls.

    You love your boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, husband, fiancée, whoever. That’s understandable, but don’t carry on 2+ hour conversations with them while you’re at work. Your productivity decreases when you’re on the phone, no matter who it is you’re talking to. Personal conversations are extremely distracting to fellow coworkers. And don’t think that whispering is the way to go. It just makes us want to listen even closer.

    3. Surfing the Internet.

    If you’re surfing the Internet, you’re probably not being productive. Most companies have website blockers to prevent employees from surfing the web. They have these for a reason, so don’t go trying to find the holes in your company’s website blocker. You probably won’t have a good excuse when your boss asks you why you were trying to access your Facebook page from your work computer.

    4. Joking About the Need to Get Paid More.

    It’s one thing to say to a coworker, “They don’t pay me enough for this…” But, to say it in a conference room filled with 10 of your coworkers and your boss? People typically don’t take that statement as a joke, and in fact, it’s not something you want joke about in the first place. You should be happy to have the job and salary you do have.

    5. Passing the Buck.

    When someone comes to you with a question or concern, don’t pass the buck. Even if the issue is someone else’s responsibility, try to solve their problem for them on your own. If you simply can’t help them, politely direct them to who they should talk to. Better yet, take a minute or two to walk the person there.

    6. Complaining.

    Nobody likes a complainer. Complaining usually signifies dissatisfaction with your job and can bring down the morale of an entire office. If you aren’t happy with your job, then you should consider finding a new one, before the boss makes you find a new one.

As you can see, these are really easy things to do at work and most of us are tempted everyday to engage in these activities. You have to remember that most companies wouldn’t think twice about firing someone who exhibits any one of these activities, especially in these economic times.

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  1. February 20, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    I’m extremely guilty of leaving my phone on my desk and checking it every 10-15 seconds 🙂

    • February 21, 2011 at 8:00 AM

      Amber, I have to admit, I’m guilty of #1 and #3, but don’t tell my employer! Writing this blog post helped me realize how easy it is to lose your job and made me realize the things I shouldn’t be doing at work.

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