TOPIC: Don't leave your job in a blaze of glory
(transitioning out of a bad position with class)
the situation. Most of us will have
experienced it at least ONCE during our lifetime. It’s the ONE job you had that
just started to go BAD!! You can see the
writing on the wall and so you prepare yourself for the worst. However, the rough part comes when we DIG IN! We decide to stay or weather the storm until
the point we CLICK! You know that point.
The point where you stop giving a damn about the repercussions and you
decide to “SET IT OFF” and go out like a gunslinger in a Clint Eastwood!! Well, before you do that, here are a few tips
to help you make the transition more classy and less Gangsta:
When things start to go bad, Keep a journal
If you think you may be in a bad spot, start
keeping a journal. Trust me your member
is not that good and you will forget the details over time. This journal will be even more helpful in the
event you are wrongfully terminated and you can account for every detail.
Keep it in your car. Don’t mess around and leave it at your job or
home. Keep it somewhere so you can have
it accessible if you need it.
Observe EVERY little thing!
Start looking for another job right away
times, we SEE that things are getting bad but we don’t start taking the steps
to transitioning. Unless you have a
desire to stay at your current job until you retire, you may want to start
exploring other options.
Maintain your composure
Resist the urge to get ‘ignant’! That’s right, I said “IGNANT”! No matter how bad you think you are or how
much you want to PROVE to someone that “you ain’t no PUNK”, you are doing
NOTHING for your reputation or better yet, your future employment if you decide
to get GANGSTA at your work place.
Keep performing your job as you normally do. Don’t alter your pattern of behavior. No matter what, whatever it is that is
happening in your job that is ‘pissing you off’, don’t let it take you out of
Utilize the system
Always put the employer on notice. If you think you are being wronged or discriminated
or harassed, let your supervisor or Human Resources know. Use the internal grievance procedure or
complaint procedures. In most instances,
you have to put your employer on notice in order to give them the ability to
resolve the situation. This provision is
especially crucial if you feel you are being retaliated against due to the
exercising of your right such as filing a grievance
If you get written up, don’t THUG out
Let me tell you something, Don’t take it
personal! You will want to take it
personal! Don’t take it personal! You’ll
feel like it’s personal! Don’t take it personal! Hell, it may BE personal! Don’t
take it personal! IF you find yourself
being written up due to some circumstance, maintain your composure! Be cool.
Respond to the complaint accordingly and keep moving.
Put it in your journal. Keep a mental note. Keep acting normal. But remember, above all, while at work, KEEP
If you get fired, leave with class
Listen, I know it’s hard. NO ONE wants to be told that their services
are no longer needed. However, if you
find yourself in this position, Don’t leave GANGSTA! Be dignified.
Get your things and leave.
Now, when you’re in the privacy of your car and
off employer property, that’s the time when you can cuss out your boss and talk
about her momma!! However, don’t BAD
talk as you’re leaving! Unless you’re
planning on auditioning for a day time soap opera, save the DRAMA for when you
If you think you were wrongfully terminated,
contact an attorney
Every state is a little different and every
employment arrangement is a little different.
For instance, Florida is what is called an “AT WILL” state which means
the employer can fire you for any reason or no reason. The only thing an employer CAN”T do is
terminate you based on a clearly defined statutory classification (i.e. they can’t
fire you for your race, sex, age, disability, etc.). In addition, if you have an employment
contract or a member of a collective bargaining unit, you may have clearly
defined protocols which must be adhered to in order to properly discharge
If you are not sure if your rights have been violated,
make sure you contact an attorney.
Be prepared to discuss your termination with
The reality is that If you’ve been with an
employer for a period of time, it’s going to be difficult to NOT tell them
about your past employment. In most
cases where you have left a job in a difficult set of facts, the employer may
only say that you are “not eligible for rehire”. Those words are a clear indication that something
went down and that will send red flags to your future employer.
The choice is yours but you may want to consider
informing your future employer about the nature of your last employment. You don’t have to go into DEEP details but
you may want to consider letting them know that you left under difficult
circumstances. I know this may seem
risky but if you do, you may find yourself in a better position in the eyes of
your future employer!
There is NO good way of leaving a BAD situation. I know it’s tough but in the end, the best
way to deal with these situations is to be professional and transition out with
class! It may SUCK in the short term but you will come off looking SO MUCH
better in the long term!
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