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Facing the Firing Squad

Sara Glaz

We all know someone who’s been fired. Maybe it was a spouse, parent, neighbor — even you. How do managers ultimately make the decision to fire an employee, and what can we do if we sense that we’re the next to go?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Akiva walked down the hallway with a cardboard box in his hands andThomas, the security guard, at his side. Shimon in the accounting department looked on in horror, whileNancy, the secretary, turned her head away in pity.Thomas opened the door and Akiva walked out, for the last time. He had just been fired. As he drove down the Belt Parkway, Akiva replayed the conversation with his boss over and over in his head. “Akiva, we have a problem. We feel that things are just not working out. You regularly arrive 30 minutes late to work, sometimes more. Unfortunately, we now have to ask you to leave. You have ten minutes to gather your personal things.Thomas will escort you out of the building and confiscate your key, badge, and company cell phone. Good luck.” While the US unemployment rate is historically low and Israel’s economy continues to expand, employees today find themselves in a workplace where company loyalty is not what it used to be. Whether you are fired for nonperformance — like Akiva — or laid off due to a downturn or company relocation, there are some common warning signs before a termination, according to human resources professionals. And once you’ve found yourself in a position none of us seeks, experts suggest focusing on a few areas that will help you cope before landing the next great opportunity. 

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