SIFE Financial Corner

U-News Staff

Each week, the Students in the Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, with assistance from a group of respected business people, will answer your financial questions.

What are some of the top reasons people get fired?

Getting fired from your job is humiliating. Termination can lead to financial stress, and can be very depressing. Here are a few of the most common ways people get fired. Avoid these, and you will avoid Donald Trump’s signature phrase, “You’re fired.”

Be Punctual

Attendance and lateness problems are probably the first and most likely cause of people getting fired. Employers count on you to be there and to be on time. When legitimate excuses come up, be sure to use effective communication and let your boss know as soon as possible.

Don’t do drugs

Drug and alcohol abuse should be a no-brainer, but sadly it is not. There is a reason companies give drug tests. This behavior leads to inconsistent work, errors, accidents, poor interactions, and other problems.

Honesty in the workplace

Lying and stealing is not wise. Companies need employees that are honest and have integrity. Stealing can cost companies a lot of money, and it never pays to lie, especially on a resume. An increasing numbers of employers are checking every single reference a job candidate provides, and this checking continues even after you are hired.


Insubordination is one of the fastest ways to end up in the unemployment line. Unless your boss tells you to do something that you feel is illegal, unethical, or against your principles, do what they tell you to do.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a well-known reason for people getting fired, so this should serve as a nice little reminder. Making sexual innuendos, suggestive comments, or even touching someone inappropriately at work is never a good idea. If you want to keep your job, keep your bedroom out of the office.

‘Getter Done!’

If you do not perform your job well, it might not be your job anymore. Performing tasks too slowly, with numerous errors will definitely hurt your chances of staying around. This is usually the cause of being sloppy and not being invested in doing a good job. If you’re on Facebook and talking with co-workers more than you do checking and double-checking figures, expect to be sitting at home in your pajamas in the near future.

No one wants to get fired from their job. Keep these tips in mind, and you will not be seeing a pink slip anytime soon.

E-mail your questions to the Student in Free Enterprise Team at [email protected]