At This Time….. Moving Forward…

0c0344bSome classic lines that translate into “you’re fired.” Heard of these before?

  • “At this time, moving forward, we have decided to go a different direction. I’m sorry, but I’ve got to let you go.”
  • “I can’t keep you.”
  • “Moving forward, we cannot foresee you helping us in the long run.”
  • “I can’t keep you.”
  • “We’ve decided to terminate your tenure with our company.”
  • “You’re too junior for this position at this time.”
  • “You’re too senior/overqualified for this position at this time.”
  • “We don’t see you fitting in with our corporate culture.”
  • “We don’t like you and would like you to leave.”
  • “We don’t have the work right now to keep you busy and there it’s not worthwhile for us as a company to keep you when we aren’t making money.”
  • “You’re Jewish and wear a Kippah beanie on your head, observe the Sabbath and are just plain…different.” (Ok, maybe not THAT blatant.)
  • *** slight shoulder shrug, pressed lips, constipated look ***
  • And last but not least, “You’re fired!”

Some classic lines translating to “I quit.”

  • “I quit.”
  • *** slight shoulder shrug, pressed lips, constipated look ***
  • “I’ve decided to move to another company with better opportunity for personal growth.”
  • “I’ve decided to move to another company with better opportunity for better pay.”
  • “I don’t feel I’m making enough money for the work I’m doing and therefore would like to pursue greener pastures.”
  • “I don’t like you and would like to leave you.”

Most people in the workforce have seen and/or heard one of these variations before, and believe it or not, it’s hard to bear. Not only on the (now former) employee, but also the (now former) employer.

The reasons for firings (terminations) and quittings are numerous. Sometimes

  • The employee isn’t performing in his/her work due to negligence or simply being incapable of handling the rigors and skills of the job at hand.
  • The employee is disruptive to the company, being verbally and/or physically abusive to everyone around him/her.
  • The employee asks for too much vacation time.
  • The commute is deemed too long and/or dangerous.
  • The nature of the job is monotonous, non-productive and/or dead-end.
  • The employer isn’t holding his/her end of the  bargain, refusing or forgetting to issue that raise or promotion previously promised to a hard-working employee.
  • The employer is verbally abusive and therefore disrupts company morale.
  • The employer asks for too many unpaid overtime hours.
  • The employer refuses to issue paid vacation and sick days as entitled to the employee  requesting them.
  • The pay is deemed too low for a higher-skilled employee with a family to support to continue at current position.
  • The employee is threatening the job of someone higher-up, and therefore must be stopped before taking over another’s job.

The point of this entire article is, there are many reasons for firings or quittings. Simply put, an employer/employee relationship is a two-way street: it’s a give-and-take relationship. There has to be proper chemistry between the employer employee to keep a relationship. Long gone are the days where the mentality was that, when the employer, he could pay you whatever he wanted, he could pile tons of work on your plate, and you were grateful for being hired in the first place.

Yes, money talks and is vital to support oneself and ones family. In this economy, especially, it’s super important to secure a steady source of income. But, it’s also important to have fun at what you’re doing. Fringe benefits also help, such as approval to take vacation days from time to time. Otherwise one will eventually break down as a person both mentally and physically. Is the cost of ones health worth the few measly thousand dollars in return?

On the other hand, to just get told that “you’re doing a good job” after 50-60, even 80, hours of work in a week doesn’t exactly pay the bills, either. There needs to be a balance.

From a Jewish perspective, Hillel the Elder once stated the golden rule: that the main message of the Torah is to not do to someone what you wouldn’t want done to yourself. Interestingly, a sizeable amount of Judaic laws happen to apply today, and so happen to deal directly with business matters. Perhaps his message therefore was, to be in business, as well as in life, don’t assign unpaid overtime work, etc. if you wouldn’t want these things done to yourself? Who said that you’re better than the next person? Following this simple golden rule will enhance employer-employee relations infinitesimally.

Then again, moving forward might truly be the best thing for everyone!

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