The economic situations in major countries have forced workers to look for ways on how to avoid getting fired. It is no longer news that the economy is down, and companies are laying off workers just to keep afloat. While they are unlucky ones, there are things you can do to avoid getting fired?
There might be several strategies to employ to avoid getting fired, but I have written down proven principles that would help you retain your job with ease. The drill isn’t just to avoid getting fired; it would also help you get the praises and recommendations you need in your workplace.
As an employee, one thing we all hate in common is getting fired – unless you just won a jackpot. We also fear that our jobs may be outsourced, automated, or even eliminated. While I believe that we can’t eliminate these fears completely, we have our own part to play.
Below are the few tips that can teach you how to avoid getting fired
Know your Job Description
Knowing your job description should start the moment you decide to apply for the job. Make sure your resume outlines your skills clearly so that your employer can see what you have to offer before deciding to hire you. If you don’t outline your skills before getting hired, they might find out that you don’t have the right skills to carry out your job description. This might end up getting you fired.
Know your Boss
Office politics is no longer news. During this recession, heads of departments usually submit names of people who they feel can’t be part of the firm again. And in most cases, competence is not called into play. Most times, it is a question of “Who does Oga like”. So I suggest you know what makes your boss happy, if producing results is the way, Do It!! If buying him hot drinks during weekends is the best way, then you go after it. If eye-service is the way forward, then do it – if it doesn’t negate your values. The aim just remains in his/her good books if you want to avoid getting fired. Just know the way to his heart…
Know your KPI
KPI simply stands for Key Point Indicators. In clearer terms, it means the results that you are measured with. Let’s use a popular example.
You are employed as a marketer in an organization; your KPI would revolve around the following;
- Number of leads you are able to acquire
- Number of prospects you speak to on a daily basis
- Your conversion rate
- Ability to meet your set target
- Presentation to the management
I was able to come up with the following because I have a good experience as a salesperson. So matter the field you find yourself, you should acquaint yourself with your KPIs if you intend to avoid getting fired.
Act More, Say Less
To avoid getting fired, you should know when you keep your mouth shut. Stealing of Ideas didn’t start today. The more you think you contribute verbally to every motion raised, the more someone is stealing your ideas, implementing it and getting credits for it. All you end up doing is Ranting in your corner office and explaining to anybody to cares to listen. When it is time for redundancy, nobody remembers the idea bringer rather the implementer.
“Who will help draw up a proposal?”, “Someone to help fill in the void of the secretary in this meeting?”, “Who can escort the driver to deliver the goods to ….”. As much as time allows you, Keep saying ” I can”.. I can’t guarantee you a promotion, but I guarantee you that your position is safe. I remember doubling as a corporate Marketer and Retail sales Associate.. the end product was a clear promotion. You can also do so!!
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Don’t just do your Job
Doing just your job means that it is almost impossible to avoid getting fired. Once a cheaper replacement who they can outsource to comes along, then you are fired already. Almost the same as No 3, but this time around, never wait for any superior to ask first. I remember an instructor in an ICT firm where he earns about 30k monthly. Dude was diligent in his Job, not only that but ended up referring a record sum of 10 students personally to train in the institute… He was not only Recognized, but the salesperson in the company was sacked, and he was given a double portfolio, with a handsome pay of above 150k… What else are you waiting for?
It is also important to note that you MUST be proficient at your own job before you go further into an unfriendly territory of someone else’s job.
Don’t Just Try, Produce Results
Working in a large corporation as a salesman for almost 3 years made me realize that efforts are not rewarded. The management rewards just those who produced results. CEO doesn’t appreciate “I tried”, all they wish to hear is “I did it”.
Most times before you finally get fired after all your unproductive efforts, you’d hear something like “We sincerely appreciate your effort, but we need someone to get us the results”.
If you are a result getter, believe you me, even if everyone is being sacked, you will always be the one they rely on…
Just like C. Ronaldo, they beg you… “Please go out there and get us the results we need”
It is imperative to know that you don’t work in a silo if you intend to avoid getting fired in your workplace. You ought to cultivate a close relationship with the Human Resources Dept for more insider information.
You should also get feedback from customers – if you work directly with them, colleagues, and above all your boss. This will help improve your performance and act like the motivation you need to perform better.
Work Hard, Give your Best
The issue of working and giving your best cannot be over-emphasized. Improve your value, read relevant articles, attend seminars and workshops related to your field. If you still get fired after acquiring all these, then you would be so valuable to the next employer you’d work with.
Knowing how to avoid getting fired is sincerely simple. These strategies I have outlined above can help you not just to avoid getting fired, but would also improve your chances of better performance in your workplace.
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