Tony Reeves

TOPIC: Don't leave your job in a blaze of glory (transitioning out of a bad position with class)

                We know 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:

1)      When things start to go bad, Keep a journal

a.       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.

b.      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.

c.       Observe EVERY little thing!

2)      Start looking for another job right away

a.        So many 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.

3)      Maintain your composure

a.       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.

b.      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 your groove!

4)      Utilize the system

a.       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

5)      If you get written up, don’t THUG out

a.       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.

b.      Put it in your journal.   Keep a mental note.  Keep acting normal.  But remember, above all, while at work, KEEP ACTING NORMAL!

6)      If you get fired, leave with class

a.       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. 

b.      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 get home.

7)      If you think you were wrongfully terminated, contact an attorney

a.       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 you. 

b.      If you are not sure if your rights have been violated, make sure you contact an attorney.

8)      Be prepared to discuss your termination with future employers

a.       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. 

b.      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!

Anthony Reeves
http://www.reevesfirm.com
http://www.anthonyreeves.com

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