Shorter Version – For Those Who Asked For It!
At My Work Place!
You Are Fired!
There is nothing that is really so difficult, hard and that pains and eats into the very hearts and minds of many Managers and Human Resources Professionals than when it comes to terminating employees!
Remember Fred Flintstones cartoons? Series like The Office, Outsourced, Mumbai Calling, Fawlty Towers, and The Apprentice (famous Donald Trump!)? Whilst many of us may think it is that funny in watching such series like in the above cartoons and comedy series of people being fired – and their reactions – the truth is it is one of the most scaring and worrying phrase that working peoples will ever face in their lives is when you hear ‘You Are Fired’ being said to you by your boss or by those in Authority!
We have seen these films where the retort or rebuke comes from the subordinate when he or she says – I am not fired, I just quit! Then there is this cartoon where this boss character tells his subordinate – You should read your E-mail more often. What are you still doing here? I fired you two weeks ago! In the Omani culture and customs especially – unpleasant and unwelcome news are best avoided at all costs – but the NO will be communicated to you perhaps more in different subtle signs and formats!
There are few bosses (devoid of nationalities) and with guts and courage to tell you in advance – until it is too late! How can you tell if you are in the ‘firing range’ or ‘hit list of being fired’? Not to unnecessary scare or worry you with all the difficulties and problems we already have! But it is better to be prepared!
Here are some ‘tell tales’ signs:-
Worst ever Staff and Performance ranking received.
The IT Help Desk frequently comes in and asks to see your PC Laptop.
The Boss comes continuously and asks progress and status of assigned projects and tasks.
Your projects one by one are being assigned to others or being shut down.
You are no longer invited to meetings or told what is going on.
Everybody is extra nice and polite, even the guys who hardly spoke to you in the past.
Reduction in fringe benefits (like a smaller office or car).
When the Boss invites you to dinner (or lunch) and seems most uneasy and uncomfortable.
People ignore or try to avoid you.
A new and younger perhaps less educated qualified boss is brought in.
Decline in business volumes and profits – or merger rumours.
Impossible new tasks and time frames set for you.
A job advertisement that looks like your job!
Give a holiday break that you did not ask for.
You made a big job error and mistake – but no one talks to you still yet!
Consultants and Advisors are being brought in.
The Security guards being more vigilant to insist to see your ID card.
If it is a finger print entry system (or other) whenever you try it, it does not work.
Requests for stationery support and services being ignored – or downplayed.
Top brass or the CEO or the Senior Management purposely ignoring you.
Unnecessary and unprovoked attacks, antagonism and insults towards you!
And many others more!
Jobs are not easy to get nowadays – once you reach that certain age!
I had a good Indian friend once – more Senior Manager to me – and I asked him politely, tactfully and diplomatically – Mr. S – how can you tell tell-tale signals if you are being fired? He retorted to me – Why are they going to fire you? Two weeks later – he was fired – the poor man – I knew as The Human Resources Manager – but just could not tell him directly then – the Omani culture thing! Left it to the (Expatriate) CEO to do so! Just be careful!
By Majid Al Suleimany
P.S. The days of controlling people and their fate are NOW ALL OVER! Special Message!