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10 Reasons Why Employees Get Fired

Updated on April 2, 2020
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Muhammad Rafiq is a freelance writer, blogger, and translator with a master's degree in English literature from the University of Malakand.

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One of the most common reasons for getting fired is poor performance. Your boss expects you to understand how to do your job in a timely and professional manner. Many bosses or a coworker train new employees and set a timetable for a new employee to understand the basics. If you are unable to deliver quality work, then a boss is likely to fire you. Businesses need competent employees to help a company earn money.

1. Poor Performance

One of the most common reasons for getting fired is poor performance. Your boss expects you to understand how to do your job in a timely and professional manner. Many bosses or a coworker train new employees and set a timetable for a new employee to understand the basics. If you are unable to deliver quality work, then a boss is likely to fire you. Businesses need competent employees to help a company earn money.

Poor performance is one the main reasons that people get fired from their jobs.
Poor performance is one the main reasons that people get fired from their jobs. | Source

2. Late to Work

Your employer expects you to arrive at work on time. Businesses must start on time to serve customers. It hurts a business and its employees when a person is late. It slows production and puts additional work on coworkers. A boss will not tolerate many occurrences of being late to work. A boss will fire an employee for arriving late to work too many times.

Coming late to work can lead you to get fired from your job.
Coming late to work can lead you to get fired from your job. | Source

3. Failing to Come to Work

The purpose of a job is to do it for money, and employees need to go to work for their shifts. Absence from work without a notice will make many bosses and coworkers angry. Employees, who do not give a notice for an absence risk losing a job. Some bosses will fire employees after two or three consecutive absences.

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4. Laid Off

It is not always a person’s fault for getting fired. A company may lay off employees to save money. It is one of the most unfortunate decisions for any business. Never blame yourself if you are laid off due to cutbacks.

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5. Violating Company's Policy

A boss will fire you for violating the company's policy. Many companies have standards for their employees, and some standards may vary across companies. A policy may include personal conduct, procedures, and dress code. One or too many violations of the company's policies may lead to your termination.

6. Doing Personal Tasks While on the Clock

Your time on the clock is for working for your employer. A good employee works to complete his task. A boss may fire an employee for misusing this time for personal tasks. For example, an employee buying items on Amazon while on the clock, and a boss may discover this after looking at the computer's history. Your boss is paying you to work and not to do personal tasks on the clock.

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7. Stealing from Your Employer

Every employer expects honest employees. Unfortunately, some employees are not honest and steal from their employers. Theft is a serious crime, and a person will be arrested for theft. A boss will fire any employee for stealing from him.

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8. Lying on Your Resume

Many companies hire third parties to do background checks on potential employees. Sometimes these third parties find information about you that is against what you had shown in your resume. That is why; your boss may discover a major lie such as your education and expertise on your resume. A boss will fire an employee for lying about his experience and education.

09. Your Boss Does Not Like You

Unfortunately, not everyone will like you and sometimes this is the case with your boss. Many states allow employers to fire an employee for nearly any reason as long as it is legal. Your boss can fire you if he does not like you. They may not agree with your beliefs after reading your accounts on social media.

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10. Misbehavior Outside Work

An employee's actions outside work may lead him to get fired. Harassment, discrimination, and crime will influence a boss to fire you. A lot of information is shared on social media and arrests are publicly available online. A boss will fire you for getting arrested or you are saying discriminatory comments in a video on social media.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Muhammad Rafiq

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    • Rafiq23 profile imageAUTHOR

      Muhammad Rafiq 

      15 months ago from Pakistan

      Thanks Nikhil Sharma for your comments.

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      Nikhil Sharma 

      15 months ago from India

      You've clearly explained the top reasons why many employees are fired by their bosses in a corporate jobs. To not let that happen, employees have to work hard honestly to show and prove his constant performance.

      Avoiding any personal talk between your working hours, or coming late to office many times may lead you to an awkward situation that may dishearten your boss. Very well-written article!

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