During an economic crisis, employees feel an extra degree or two of pressure to work harder to stay in their job. However, sometimes there is nothing an employee can do to avoid becoming unemployed if their company decides to introduce the dreaded "R" word.
Nonetheless, financial crisis or no financial crisis, there will always be people getting fired for the same old reasons. Here is a list of the top ten reasons employees lose their job, just in case there is an opportunity to tell somebody that if certain conduct continues - they're out the door. Or, it could be resource for keep yourself in check.
1. Dishonesty, evasion or lack of integrity on the job
Basically, people who avoid telling the truth often get found out. And when they do, it often ends in a P45.
2. Lying on a resume
Increasing numbers of employers are checking every single reference on a CV. This is leading to more and more people losing their job as a result of putting things on their CV which may not be strictly true.
3. Refusing to follow directions and orders
Unbelievably, many employees join a company and then refuse to be told what to do. This is acceptable at home when being told to clean your room or do the washing up, but when your boss asks you to produce a report on the company's finances for the first quarter...just do it.
4. Talking too much and conducting personal business at work
People either talking to their friends in the office or organising their weekend drinks on Facebook, using the office solely to extend their personal and social networking skills is not advised.
5. Inconsistency - unreliable work and behaviours
Sure, everyone has ups and downs - but please, don't let it affect your work.
6. Inability to get along with other people
Try and get along with everyone, but not too much (remember point 4!)
7. Inability to actually do assigned tasks
If you lie well enough on your resume and in your interview not to get caught, actually failing to be able to do something that you said you could should do the trick - close the door on your way out.
8. Performing tasks slowly, with numerous errors
When an employer tells you to "take your time", they don't really mean it. But if you do take your time and get away with it, for crying out loud don't make mistakes!
9. High absenteeism
If you do manage to get a job during the recession, at least have the decency to turn up, yeah?
10. Drug and/or alcohol abuse
Yeah, just don't.
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