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  1. gmwilliams profile image82
    gmwilliamsposted 10 years ago
    Firings occur on a common basis these days.  In some states, people can be fired by their employers for many non-discriminatory reasons especially in at-will employment states.   The socioeconomic situation is precarious as it IS.   One of the MOST FEARED and WORST THINGS to be is.........FIRED.   Being fired from a job still has a stigma.   A fired person is considered to be damaged goods or inept.   He/she is viewed as an.......UTTER FAILURE........A LOSER.   

    Being fired also causes psychological damage, sometimes beyond repair.   For some, being fired is THE END of their career.........their dreams...........   A few will further devolve into self-destruction.   There are suicides that occur because of firings.    Yes, firings are oftentimes a disaster financially, emotionally, psychologically, and psychically.    Now, case scenario, what would YOU do if you were FIRED?   Retreat, be defeated, or bounce back?  Why?  Why not?

    1. profile image0
      Lybrahposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I would definitely bounce back and show them that they couldn't stop me!

      1. darrensurrey profile image59
        darrensurreyposted 10 years agoin reply to this


        I was in a position where the boss didn't think I was good enough for the role. Ruined my day, I can tell you! I've since been in a similar position for another company and recent customer feedback said I was perfect. I also get paid more and there is more scope for future advancement. Kinda grateful the previous post didn't work out!

    2. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      File for unemployment, make a real stink about the reason and fight it all the way. 

      When I won, draw it for as long as possible.

    3. Silverspeeder profile image60
      Silverspeederposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I would see being fired as the ineptitude of the employer rather than the employee and therefor would strive to reach my own personal goals without a second thought as to an ex-employer.

      If it happened too many times I would have to think about what I was doing wrong and adjust my approach and work ethic.

  2. Alphadogg16 profile image86
    Alphadogg16posted 10 years ago

    I'm not trying to offend anyone, but I'm sorry, getting fired is like falling in love, eventually its going to happen to everyone. If you allow a job firing to send you into a downward destructive state, then getting fired is the least of your concerns, there's some other psychological/self esteem issues you need to deal with. It's a part of life. There is no doubt in my mind that if i were in that situation, I would come back, bigger, better and stronger. The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there.

  3. gmwilliams profile image82
    gmwilliamsposted 10 years ago

    Lybrah, Alpha, and Wilderness, WOW, WOW, SIMPLY WOW, ALL GREAT ANSWERS!   I love the positivity here, really, AWESOME to say the least!

  4. gmwilliams profile image82
    gmwilliamsposted 9 years ago

    Oftentimes being fired can lead to a sense of worthlessness. Being fired can mean that one cannot cut it in the corporate world.  To many people, being fired from a job is seen as a disgrace. Many middle to upper middle class parents view being fired from a job as a fall from grace and inculcate their children in that philosophy.  They were never fired from their jobs and are quite unsympathetic to their children if the latter lose their jobs, telling the latter how incompetent they are.

    To many people,being fired from a job is considered to be a moral trangression, a mortal and damnable sin.  Older parents, born in the  1920s and grew up during the Depression, view getting fired as THE END of a career life.  The very worst thing to them is being fired from a job.

  5. gmwilliams profile image82
    gmwilliamsposted 9 years ago

    Also in many instances, being fired is a career/success killer.  Being fired signifies ruination of one's socioeconomic life.  A fired person is/will be NEVER the same again.  In essence, being fired RUINS/DESTROYS one's career life and life in general. Most companies DON'T want to hire a person after he/she is fired. One can say ALL HOPE IS GONE....

  6. bBerean profile image60
    bBereanposted 9 years ago

    I find the OP's sensational and dramatic assessments, as well as many of their subsequent comments regarding firings and those that are, as at best out of touch with today's labor dynamics.  At worst they are rediculous and potentially damaging, should anyone actually give them credence.  Does anyone agree with the OP?

    1. gmwilliams profile image82
      gmwilliamsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      There are many cases in which prospective employers consider those who were fired damaged goods.  People who are fired are seen as poor risks by employers.  Employers rather hire people w/perfect work records and who are deemed to be company assets, not company liabilities.  Being fired is oftentimes viewed as career killers.  In my generation, we were taught that being fired is a disgrace, something to be avoided.   Even now, employers are extremely loathe to hire fired employers.  Being fired is STILL considered a stigma.

      1. bBerean profile image60
        bBereanposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Speaking from the perspective of a person whose career has almost entirely been in positions to hire, train, mentor, manage, discipline and fire, I find your assessments dated and currently inaccurate.  Btw, in case your wondering, no, I have never been fired.  I have hired those that have been.  Personally I have been layed off and "downsized".

        1. gmwilliams profile image82
          gmwilliamsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Being laid off/downsized is vastly different from being fired.  When a person is downsized/laid off, it is not his/her fault.  Companies look more kindly on such employees than employees who have been fired.  Being fired excl. discriminatory firings is often viewed highly negatively.   People who are fired, not downsized/laid off, from their jobs are viewed as losers.  They are seen as not being with the corporate program and as personae non gratae.   Being fired is something to be avoided at all costs.  It is far better to quit a job than to be fired from that job.  If a person is fired, it is DIFFICULT for him/her to get a job.   A person who is fired is seen in a total negative light by prospective employers.  Laid off/downsized employees are given more chances in terms of employment than a person who is fired.

          1. bBerean profile image60
            bBereanposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            What you may have missed is that I and my peers, being the ones making hiring decisions, are the ones determining what weight a previous firing carries in relation to an individual securing new employment and moving forward.

            Few will admit to a dismissal so resumes that unapologetically admit to it are intriguing.  If your looking for a strong independent personality for a difficult position, and are a competent enough manager to command their respect, that person is worth a look. 

            The losers you espouse will have carressed their resumes with no clue of the firing to be found.  In fact it is their resume that's likely to stand out as and in fact be too good to be true.  In our litigious society businesses are increasingly reluctant to do any more than confirm an individual was but no longer is in their employ.   

            HR people who rely on  background checks and what boxes are checked on some syllabus they proudly constructed rather than a talented and experienced interviewer likely turn away the best candidates in favor of the most deceptive.

            Ironically political correctness has in many cases banished good judgement and reason from the hiring selection process in many corporations.  They get what they deserve as a result of such short sightedness.


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