I must say the Soup Nazi approach to getting fired is not my favorite method. “No job for you!” It’s overkill unless you’ve been caught embezzling funds from off-shore dummy accounts you created. If that’s the case, then by all means, fire my sorry ass on the spot and escort me to my car via armed guard while my future ex-co-workers softly chant “Dead Man Walking”. If I’ve done something wrong, don’t even let me take the company fish with me like Jerry Maguire. But, for the love of mike, tell me why.
If I haven’t done anything wrong but you still want to fire me, can you at least try doing it without shredding my dignity while you take my livelihood? Really, the livelihood should be enough. I need my dignity to get a new job. So leave that alone. Have you heard the saying “Don’t kick a dog when he’s down”? It matters. It is possible to fire someone and have them leave as a human being. The Fired do not have to be treated like lepers and criminals.
I’ve fired people before. It totally sucked but it sucked far less than being the one who got fired. Click here for deleted scenes from Up In The Air showing people getting fired. As uncomfortable as it was firing people, I still went home when the factory horn sounded and slept that night knowing I could pay all my bills. People who fire other people who want sympathy for having a crummy day need to spend a day in a daycare with babies with ear infections and diarrhea.
I stand in awe of anyone who has never been fired. For those of us who have: Workers Unite! We are only as crappy as we let other people make us feel.
My hubby’s job was eliminated last week. Nuts.