5 Steps to lose your fear of being fired.

The biggest thing that managers and employers have to hold over their employees heads is the risk of being fired. The risk of being fired van bring costly woes and disruptive life styles to the employees, their families, their communities and the economy as well. Having this axe held over our jobs, we work more diligently to avoid being fired.

Get a positive attitude that overcomes your fear.

Fear is an oppressive and threatening thing that overtakes many emotions in many ways. Fear increases ones anxiety, actions, thoughts and daily activities. Employees who will fear being fired may become less productive, they will be afraid of making the wrong decision, not having enough work, or saying the wrong things. Stress will kick in and will affect the employees health.

To overcome this fear, become relaxed in your work environment. Learn a few more time management skills, lay off the coffee for a while, make your surroundings look more peaceful and try listening to calming music during the day. The more comfortable you become, the less you dwell on the idea of fear. However, do not become too relaxed at work to the point where your work isn't getting done. You need to find ways to become relaxed while improving your work ethic.

Learn that being fired is not embarrassing or horrible.

In another article we wrote about stages of grief. That article discusses the process one goes through after an unpleasant event - like being fired. You'll have to learn not to let these stages happen to you. You may fear not having that job and having months looking for one. You may also fear that you'll be fired for all the wrong reasons, truth is many are fired for reasons other than their performance. Sometimes being fired is an opportunity that will allow you to get out and search for a job that is a better fit for you and your family.

People get fired for many reasons.

There are many common reasons the people get fired. In the 10 ways to get fired article, some reasons for termination were discussed. Here we will talk about a few more common reasons why people get fired.

  • Personality mismatch - You are not happy with the environment, the people the job or any of the surrounding, yet you stay for the money. The personality traits you express and those of the people around you are not compatible. You feel that the job has become repetitious and even boring. You feel that the staff is not friendly or the place is not comfortable for you. Being fired is one way to push you to look for another job that best suits you.
  • Skills mismatch- When you applied, the job description may not have included all the details of the job. Meaning you are not fully aware of the responsibilities of the job. Or, new responsibilities become part of your job. Now you are at a job in which your skills and the job do not match. Looking elsewhere for new employment may be the better option now.
  • Refusing to get along- Sometimes holding true to your ideas may cause a conflict at work. Maybe someone is having you be dishonest and you refuse can get you in trouble. However you should be proud to stand up for your ideas.
  • Downsizing- This is a growing trend now a days. For companies to gain profits, raise their stock value or even become more stable, they may lay off employees. This is normal and companies do it to lower expenses.

Make termination less of a problem then it is.

Better said than done. Financial uncertainly is one of the more difficult results of being fired. You may have many sleepless nights worrying about bills, mortgage, or knowing you have to beg for funding. Here are some tips to help prepare for the worst:

  • Increase your work options, your network and improve on your professional skills.
  • Diversify your resources, increase your investments, do some freelancing or even start your own business.
  • Lower your expenses. Not going out to eat, perform cheaper activities, give up some habits.

Re-invent you.

A forced break from work can provide an chance to change the course of your life. Changing directions might entail additional training, education, or apprenticeship, and probably resets your position on the pay/position ladder. Perhaps these are changes you wanted to make anyway, but could not because you had seemingly stable employment.