Very few people go their entire career without some kind of job transition. Hopefully it comes in the form of choosing to leave your current position for a new opportunity.
But unfortunately for many, the decision is made for them in the form of a layoff – or sometimes a firing.
Now, almost anyone who has ever been fired has “their side of the story.” But the truth is that people get unfairly fired all the time. Situations arise that lead to misinterpretations and/or misunderstandings that can prove fatal for employment – and often how you handle those situations (coupled with how you’ve handled yourself in the workplace prior to this situation arising) is what determines whether you get the benefit of the doubt – or the axe.
Writer Jeff Haden’s cautionary tale about this very topic was recently published on LinkedIn, and you can read it here. He tells his story in great detail, which I think is important because every situation like this has so many angles to it. He transparently admits where he could have done things differently to help the situation.
I recommend you read it, and consider how his learning might apply to your job and career.
How about you? Have you ever been unfairly fired? What were your takeaways from the experience? Share it in the comments!