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Dawn Rosenberg McKay

What Would Make Your Boss Want to Fire You?

By March 17, 2011

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Many people lost their jobs over the past few years due to the downturn in the economy. But getting fired is not limited to tough times only. People lose their jobs in prosperous times as well and for all sorts of reasons. Some have to do with circumstances beyond the employee's control, but often employers fire workers for doing things that interfere with their companies' profitability or reputation. Among the reasons your boss may want to fire you are excessive absenteeism, slacking off by doing things other than work and being rude to clients or customers. You might also get fired for things you do outside of work. We've all heard stories of someone getting fired for Facebook activities their employer considers inappropriate.

People are also fired for excessive lateness to work. It's impossible to avoid being late to work on occasion—an unexpected traffic jam, a babysitter who's doesn't arrive on time, an alarm clock failure. Most bosses would probably be understanding if an employee is late infrequently. It's when lateness happens often, or the employee's excuse for being late doesn't seem believable, that an employer may decide to take action. My colleague John Reh, the About.com Guide to Management, has been compiling a list of real excuses workers have given to their bosses and publishing them on his site. Please see Readers Respond: Amusing Excuses For Being Late For Work. This is worth reading, not just because, as advertised, it really is amusing. Here's the real reason: if you think your boss will believe any excuse you give, know that he or she may be onto you ... and may not be too happy about it. You should at least avoid giving excuses similar to the ones John received from managers. If you've been the recipient of an amusing excuse, I hope you'll share it with John.

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