Want to get yourself fired? Not laid off--as that would probably mean you were doing a fine job but the company couldn't afford your salary. We're talking about getting fired--with good reason. As in, you've made some very unwise choices. And now your employer wants you off the premises. As soon as possible.
Here are nine people who can show you how to get the boot--and possibly end up in jail. I recommend that you do not follow their examples.
According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a 20-year-old public works employee was hired to "sweep, unplug sewers, fix potholes and perform various other chores" in Estevan, a city of about 10,000 people in Canada.
The man had several job-related problems, his supervisors said, so he didn't make it past the probationary period.
According to the 32-page arbitration decision, the biggest complaint was that "he was constantly texting and checking texts on his cell phone." Sent one day to patch potholes, the employee sent text messages instead, and, while he "sat in the truck texting," a supervisor said, his colleague did the work.
The man claims he was just texting his boss at his second job, and the union argued that his termination was outside policy. Nevertheless, he's still out of a job.
Photo by Ed Yardon, Flickr cc 2.0 Please note, this is an illustration and not the man described above.
9 Sure-Fire Ways to Get Fired
Tying Up And Photographing a Coworker
When you're bored at work and have access to a shrink wrap machine, what do you do? You shrink wrap your coworker, of course.
Yorktown police investigated and confirmed a March 2 report that was filed by the parents of a district employee, whose identity has not been made public. In the report was the claim that the employee had been tied up and photographed by co-workers in the maintenance shop for several minutes during school hours, when a cell phone video was also captured. At least one photo was posted on Facebook.
The pranksters were terminated. They protested, said it was a just a joke and claimed that the co-worker was in on it, too, laughing along with the perps and vowing to get them back when he had the chance.
Health care workers have access to all types of interesting and personal information. However, internal and external laws and regulations require that they not access it just for fun, which is what this employee is accused of doing.
The health authority's chief executive officer, Karen McGrath, said the employee "inappropriately accessed" over 80 personal health information reports, which included personal information of at least 19 different people during a two-year period.
Alcohol and work shouldn't be mixed, except perhaps at the company Christmas party. Several Bowling Green State University employees forgot this rule. The Toledo Blade Reports:
A long-time equipment manager in the Bowling Green State University athletic department will retire after he and three other university employees were charged with open container violations in a university parking lot two weeks ago.
The open container violation is a misdemeanor, and the university did not terminate the three other employees.
A New Jersey nursing home employee has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a terminally ill 87-year-old woman, who died two days later. The alleged attack was captured on a so-called "nanny cam."
Julia C. Galvan, 59, of North Bergen, was arrested on charges of assault and abuse and neglect of the elderly, and faces up to five years in prison. The alleged assault occurred at the Harborage, a 245-bed nursing home on River Road.
According to the police the assault contributed to the woman's death. Ms. Galvan, who was terminated from her job, said that she was stressed.
Photo by MrsRaggle, Flickr cc 2.0. Please note this is an illustration only and not Ms. Galvan.
9 Sure-Fire Ways to Get Fired
Commit Sexual Assault
Working in law enforcement means that your coworkers also work in law enforcement and are trained to identify violations of the law.
Twitter can sometimes seem like a happy place where friendly converations take place. And friends understand that sometimes people say bad words. However, when it's your job to tweet and you represent someone other than, say, Charlie Sheen, bad words can be problematic. Social Barrel reports:
An employee of a social media agency that does work for Chrysler was terminated after dropping the F-bomb using ChryslerAutos Twitter account. Chrysler removed the offending Tweet, apologized, and said the employee who posted it has been terminated. However, some Twitter users, including @tverma29 had already re-Tweeted it before it was removed from Chrysler's twitter account, so it is now not possible to remove it from the web.
Chrysler apologized for the post and said that that statement does not reflect the company or its brands.
Put a pen in your pocket and accidentally take it home, and it's doubtful anyone will care. Start stealing computers, and you'll get noticed. The NonProfit Times reports:
Several members of the Council on Foundations' (COF) information technology department are under criminal investigation for the alleged theft of equipment the organization is valuing at "being less than $200,000."
The employees have been terminated and the case turned over to the Arlington, Va., police department, according to Ashley A. Mills, director of public relations for the council. She declined to say how many employees are involved or any other details, citing the ongoing investigation.
The foundation said it needs to increase employee awareness of what their coworkers are doing, so that they notice any irregularities. It's not enough just to trust that everyone is doing what they should be.