Keeping or Losing Your Job

By Samm Arthurton

How To Keep?

Getting a job doesn't stop possible problems from arising in your employment. While you were expected to leave a good impression during the interview, you are also expected to maintain that same impression in the workplace. This would include:

*Maintaining a Positive Attitude-Keep your negative feelings to yourself, and whether you like your coworkers or not, do get along with them please.

*Punctuality-Make sure you come to work on time!

*Having a Good Appearance-Work clothing must be well put together, and sloppiness is a huge no-no.

*Communication-This is a huge key to success. Express your ideas, inform others of problems, and give your input. But don't forget to keep your ears open and listen.

*Keep your personal life separate-Don't bring your personal problems to work, that's not a proper environment to express them. After all, you wouldn't fuse your work into your personal life, would you?

Remember that you were hired on board to do your job, so that's exactly what your employers will expect you to do. Even if you don't like certain aspects of the job, keep your chin up and become a role model for others, and you won't have to worry about losing this source of income.

Characteristics of good employees - Brian

A Guide to Getting Fired

You've heard about those workers that can't seem to hold down a job, and perhaps you don't want to work any more than them. Follow their example, and try these things out, and you'll be out of a job in no time at all!

*Bring Everybody Down at All Costs-Start small by feuding with just one coworker, and then continue to make enemies out of everybody you work with. If nobody wants to talk to you because you don't have anything nice to say at all, you're on the right track!

-Display disloyalty toward your coworkers, and ruin any trust for you

-Lying and twisting words is a GREAT way to wreck your relationships at work too,

don't forget that!

*Tardiness-Sure, they'll care that you aren't showing up to work on time, but as long as you show up when you're happiest, that's all that matters, right?

-Heck, if you don't want to work that day, don't bother showing up and wasting their

time. They'll get over it eventually

*Sloppiness-You're uniform's dirty. You might not even be wearing the proper attire. You're work space is a total mess, and you're pretty sure somebody went missing in your mess.

*Communication (or Lack Thereof)-Perhaps the opinions of the rest of the team don't matter to you, or you don't feel the need to contribute your thoughts and information. Either way, no employer wants to hire an individual who can't seem to communicate.

*Drama-Tension among your peers makes life more interesting, and that's a good thing, right?

Of course this entire section is satirical, so everything in it is NOT to be modeled after. On the contrary, these tips for getting fired can be used as a "Don't Do" list.


Moving on From a Job


You found a better job elsewhere that has more benefits for you. Maybe you're quitting to become a stay-at-home mom. Or perhaps you just can't handle your particular job anymore. Regardless of the situation, it's best to give your employer a notice of your resignation as soon as possible. This common decency allows your employer to have more time to search for a replacement, and you're more likely to have a better reference with this employer in the future.

The best way to formally resign is through a resignation letter to your employer. This letter should include the date you have chosen as your last, your reason for leaving, and a general appreciation for the time you have spent at your workplace.

Being Fired

There are multiple reasons why your employer may be letting you go. Often times it is a result of having a poor attitude and work ethic, unfortunately. In other cases however, your services may simply not be needed anymore, or the company you work for is down-sizing. Remember that in these cases, it isn't your fault. You then are left to get back out into the world and seek another job.