Dismissal from a job rarely leaves workers with a good feeling. That’s because some may wonder how they will pay their mortgage, feed their families, get affordable health coverage and pay other bills. Having the initial discussion with one’s boss can cause an emotional reaction. While the employee may want to tell off their boss, curse at others who’ve caused them pain and storm out of the building, this may not be the best option.
While it may feel good in the moment, doing so may hurt the worker’s prospects, especially when it comes to finding another job.
It’s a smaller world than many think
Depending on their situation, the terminated employee may have to use managers or coworkers from their last job as references for future roles. If the employee burns a bridge with former colleagues, they may have a harder time finding a new position.
What workers should avoid saying or doing
To maintain a good standing with the former employer and coworkers, the dismissed worker may want to avoid saying or doing the following:
- Impulsively disparage or blame former colleagues for performance issues.
- Refuse to remain cooperative during the transition process.
- Immediately telling everyone in their professional network they’ve been dismissed.
- Have an out of control emotional response.
- Threaten managers or other coworkers.
It’s crucial not to lose faith
Getting fired can be one of the most challenging experiences people endure. However, workers must keep their temperament and handle the situation with grace and professionalism. Those who have questions about what they’re entitled to after dismissal may want to seek legal counsel. A knowledgeable employment law attorney can help address any questions or concerns they may have.