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Its 8am and you're fired!! (Edited 01/20/11 01:46PM by Jess)
 This poll,  is about if you ever went into work feeling great only to find out your getting the axe..   Do you have a back up plan? If not you just gonna roll the dice ? I personally drew blanks/ my mind was in a fogg when it happened to me.   So do you got a backup plan?  Im interested in seeing the comments because no single person is the same.  So feel Free Qers
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#1 | 1310 days ago

My backup plan is to become a Government employee. Which means draw unemployment as long as possible while sitting at home playing Call of Duty and other video games all day.
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#1 | 1310 days ago

My backup plan is to become a Government employee. Which means draw unemployment as long as possible while sitting at home playing Call of Duty and other video games all day.
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#2 | 1310 days ago
John_Daly (+)

Woody, lets go play black ops fool!
#3 | 1310 days ago

 Back up plan (which could be a reality ......sooner than I think.) is to get another job-----any job, in education somewhere, or just sub. 
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#4 | 1310 days ago
NorseHeathen (+)

I'm not sure......I guess the first thing I'd do is to go crawl back in bed with my boss ex-bosses daughter in her dorm room at the local university.
#5 | 1310 days ago

Freelance assasin...I don't miss...
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#6 | 1310 days ago

Fortunately in my line of work I could get another job tomorrow because the whole industry is so short of drivers.
#7 | 1310 days ago

hockey54 wrote:
Fortunately in my line of work I could get another job tomorrow because the whole industry is so short of drivers.
 Dam me, my driving record =  driving reckless, DUI x 2  and a driving under suspension,  you can count me out.... 

#8 | 1310 days ago

keebs8 wrote:
 Dam me, my driving record =  driving reckless, DUI x 2  and a driving under suspension,  you can count me out.... 

That`s minor..can you start Monday?
#9 | 1310 days ago

When it happened to me in 2006 I knew it was coming, So I just stood around and waited for them to come and have their little meeting with me, Then I signed their stupid little paper took the Money and said Thank You. Headed to the store for a six pack for the drive home
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#10 | 1310 days ago

When a company wants to get rid of you, then you are a problem they need to solve. They don't want it messy or with any disruptions to others, so it's best for them if you go away happy and quickly. Not so much for you but for the perception of the remaining people who need to see that the employer treats people fairly. Therefore you have a lot of negotiating power. However the power (threat of not going away per their expectations) must never be used as once you start to do this you will lose whatever power you have. But if you can keep it positive by going in with the best attitude you can (it's just business, not personal), you can negotiate much more than their first offer.

In addition to delaying your departure of offering training to your successor you can also look into the following. Keep in mind smaller companies don't have formal programs and here you'd do really well with good negotiation skills. Bigger companies usually have a team of HR & Lawyers that will force everyone through the same process, like animals in a slaughterhouse (sorry, couldn't resist making that comparison). You can still negotiate with the big guys but you have to find out what their system offers and using a company insider (friend in HR, the admin assistant you were always nice to, etc) will go a long way. Things to consider:

1. Accelerated or full vesting of company stock match as well as 401k contribution
2. Accelerated of full vesting of any company stock options (likely underwater but worth a look)
3. Payout of unused vacation or comp time.
4. Special extension bonus to train others or finish a project.
5. Better outplacement benefits - for example use of a counselor, interview coach, paper, phones, high speed Internet, etc to find another job. If you can do this yourself don't tell them but negotiate for a cash amount in lieu of this benefit as companies need to pay for this anyway.
6. Additional education or training you need to find another job.
7. Removal of restrictions on non-compete clauses in your contract. If the employer insists on keeping this this may justify paying you extra to stay at home as you can't find a job outside the industry. It helps to know your state laws on non-competes.
8. Re-location or repatriation to your original town assuming that you had to move to take this job, whether or not the company paid for this relocation.
9. Extension or any other benefit offered to you (health insurance, discounted health club membership, industry association fees) - if this can't be extended ask for an equivalent cash amount.
10. References or what will be said about you if a future employer checks the current company as a reference- not money related but very important. You want to be professional with them and expect the same out of them to you.

Don't be unreasonable and keep asking for extra stuff if you've sensed that they are at their limit. If you are reasonable and flexible you can find enough good reasons where a fair employer will give you more.

Most important, keep your cool and stay logical. If you feel emotional when you hear the news, tell them you need to have a follow up meeting and go for a long run to clear your head. If you are targeted it's really hard to reverse the decision unless you can change the mind of the person who made the decision, and sometimes it's a very high level person. The reality is that you are already gone so there is no point keeping the emotional attachment of the job. Let it go and focus on the next steps (severance package first and then finding another job second). If you stay cool and positive you will always do better than someone who loses it.
 

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#11 | 1310 days ago

tell me you lost that job already....jesus
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#12 | 1310 days ago

keebs8 wrote:
 Dam me, my driving record =  driving reckless, DUI x 2  and a driving under suspension,  you can count me out.... 

and you still can't spell "YOU'RE"
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#13 | 1310 days ago

maddhatter6691 wrote:
When it happened to me in 2006 I knew it was coming, So I just stood around and waited for them to come and have their little meeting with me, Then I signed their stupid little paper took the Money and said Thank You. Headed to the store for a six pack for the drive home
I knew for 4 months in advance that it was coming it was just a matter of when. In fact my foreman was coming to me everyday asking what I thought was going on, I told him don't worry I have been through this before. They are trying to
make the books look good because they are Selling out, It was such a Happy Day when it finally happened
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#14 | 1310 days ago

I'd probably become a criminal. Not sure what kind yet, but The Italian Job is running through my head.
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#15 | 1310 days ago
cubsgirl2 (+)

I guess I would just go get another waitress job somewhere. 
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#16 | 1310 days ago

I would go back to the military!!!
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#17 | 1310 days ago

I'd become a Chippendales dancer.
#18 | 1310 days ago

I'm still on my backup plan almost 2 years later.  2 part-time jobs and taking whatever comes by to make some cash.
I knew it was coming, there are 150+ people for every job opening here. 
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#19 | 1310 days ago
Nick__ (+)

2 yrs ago, next month, myself and 40 others had our jobs sent over to INDIA.

I've spent 17 years in the Marketing industry and as a AE, Prj Mgr and Client Relations mgr and just received one of the highest honors, a month before for my work.

i still haven't found anything in my field.    But, at least i'm working.
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#20 | 1310 days ago

I was never fired or let go from a job, so i never had a plan but it would have been something like take three months off to mull over my future plans.  
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#21 | 1310 days ago

First thing would be to head to the nearest bar and get sh1tfaced. After that I got nothing.
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#22 | 1310 days ago

(Edited by keebs8)
derms33 wrote:
and you still can't spell "YOU'RE"
 YOUR Right, maybe thats why a person with a degree(and pursuing my bachelors) cant even get hired at a F-n gas station or homez depot give me a fu*kin break,  GOOD JOB OBAMA jobs are a everywhere not, im in no way political but the job search is all about who you know(that who she hired), not what you know.   Sorry Derms sore subject at the moment. lol 
#23 | 1308 days ago

keebs8 wrote:
 YOUR Right, maybe thats why a person with a degree(and pursuing my bachelors) cant even get hired at a F-n gas station or homez depot give me a fu*kin break,  GOOD JOB OBAMA jobs are a everywhere not, im in no way political but the job search is all about who you know(that who she hired), not what you know.   Sorry Derms sore subject at the moment. lol 
I will look for ya
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#24 | 1308 days ago

ohwell_ wrote:
I'm still on my backup plan almost 2 years later.  2 part-time jobs and taking whatever comes by to make some cash.
I knew it was coming, there are 150+ people for every job opening here. 
There is roughly 100 Applicants for each job here, And the thing I find funny is all of this on line schooling they keep pushing
most of those jobs will no longer be needed after the 4 years they spend and the $40.000 it costs them. Most of of the American jobs are being out sourced. So if you pick it up and it doesn't say Made in the USA you really don't need it
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#25 | 1308 days ago

to move to that island i have been eyeballing for a very long time....
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#26 | 1308 days ago

I like this question. 1st, I would have to go to my job in a good mood. 2nd) Go to my job not hoping this is my last day. So if I did get the boot, I would really have to hide my true feelings of  being so so flippin HAPPY. I would have to just say thank you so much & get to the door as fast as possible. Then dance my "jig". Oh dam could I dance my jig to the unemployement office. As for a backup plan?  think about that 80% of my day as it goes anyway. There's finish my degree, move & find a better town, city to live in. I think I would just take a couple months & clean the house & get ready to watch March Maddness, Road to the final four.
#27 | 1308 days ago

I thought I had one, when I started buying houses to rent. It seems that people don't like paying their bill though, go figure. Or if you find one that pays their rent on time, then they end up tearing the s**t out of your property. So until I find someone that is reliable and can actually take care of their own responsibilities without someone having to call them about paying their bills. I guess I will just have to make sure I keep my job till my son makes it to the show (MLB).
#28 | 1308 days ago

better be a darn good reason to sh*tcan me.  i smell a lawsuit.    play the old "i got axed cuz of my age card."
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#29 | 1308 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
I'd probably become a criminal. Not sure what kind yet, but The Italian Job is running through my head.
20 bucks for a back seater is running thru my head
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#30 | 1308 days ago

 The only thing that comes to mind is saddling up with the competition.
#31 | 1308 days ago

A LONG TRIP , LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG AND ,I WAIT FUNNY, I AM QUASI RETIRED AND DONT NEED MONEY, MY RETIRED IS VERY GOOD, MY LIFE ,IN MONEY SENSE, IS GOOD, BUT I DONT BORED AND THEY ARE MANY PLACES TO SEE IN THIS WORLD , I WANT TO VISIT ALL I CAN DO.- MAYBE TO CATCH A MILLIONARE? Drag and drop meDrag and drop me
#32 | 1307 days ago

WISAC1 wrote:
20 bucks for a back seater is running thru my head
$20? uhh.... HIGHER. MUCH HIGHER!
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#33 | 1307 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
$20? uhh.... HIGHER. MUCH HIGHER!
okay. for you i'll double down.
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#34 | 1299 days ago

I got fired for taking my days off! I couldn't help if it was 7 days I took off!
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