I would love to hear other people's horror stories of how they were let go from their previous employments, the reason for their termination and how
long before they were hired to their current employment.
: I worked for a big company for several years. During my tenure at my employment, there were numerous personnel changes for my
immediate supervisor. I rarely had any problems with most of my supervisors. However, my last supervisor did not have a deep appreciation for the
type of work that I did, and was bit of a bully. She and I did not have, what I would say, 'a good working relationship'. But I tried to make the
best of the situation as possible. I never complained to her boss, about her condenscending remarks. My annual performance review were all good, no
outstanding blemishes on my job performances, received annual pay raise. A couple days after my last performance review and supsequent pay raise, my
supervisor approached me saying that someone approached her to say that I was using the internet for personal reasons, and was supposedly making
unprofessional comments to several co-workers. She asked me if any of it was true. I was truthful about my personal use of the internet, (mainly
because I knew the IT dept. could've checked if I was going online and to where, so it was useless to lie about that.) I did challenge the
unprofessional comments. My supervisor gave me a verbal warning on both counts. Apparently, there is a policy against using the internet for
personal use which over-time I had forgotten. It wasn't a policy that they hammered into people's heads over and over again like the sexual
I made the fatal mistake going online a couple days later, again for personal use, (during lunch break).(Note: I never visited any sites that
contained pornography at work. I do have standards I do live by.) The next day, my supervisor stormed into my office and handed a printout of a
year's worth of internet sites I had visited, and demanded that I write a statement of how long had I been going online, and why. The statement went
through various variations, until it met with her approval. She handed the information to HR, and the next day I was fired for violating company
policy for internet use. I learned a few weeks later, from friends who called me, and from the job posting of my position, that the real reason
behind the firing was that the administration was trimming the budget, and looking at ways they could cut back. I was making a director's salary for
a position that was basically a supervisor. The administration figured, my salary was cutting into the company's budget, so they reformatted my
position from a director to supervisor, and reduce the pay rate of my position. I saw on job postings that they had reformatted and changed the title
of the position from director to supervisor, which confirmed my suspicions and what my friends were saying. I'm sure my supervisor was just
relishing the opportunity to fire me. The administration needed a legal reason to lay me off without having to pay unemployment benefits, and I gave
it to them. NUMBNUTS!!!:bnghd: I got too comfortable in my position, and assumed too much.
It took me more than 6 months to find a job in my chosen career field. A few recruiters I talked said that being fired was a strike against me for
being hired. I perservered, and found a company who took a chance on me. Sufficet, to say, I need to remind myself constantly not to use the internet
personal. Word to the wise: Big Brother is watching you.
Now its other people's turn: What dumb mistakes have you made, or what horrible situations happened to you that got you fired from your job. Bad
supervisors, coniving co-workers, or stupid mistakes. Let it all out. As my father said, "Lots of people get fired, or are laid off. You need to
pull yourself together, broaden your education/skills, learn from your mistakes and move forward."