(Closed) Paranoid about getting fired

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I don’t think it’s common business practice to get fired for moving up within your same company. I bet HR would freak out if that happened. They probably just want to talk about why you are considering the position, see if they can challenge you enough in your current role, etc etc!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@crayfish:  +1

This is why we’re urged to let our managers know beforehand that we’re applying for other jobs within the company.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@crayfish:  This. I would say that she can’t fire you for this, but you might live in an at-will state. It certainly would not be ethical (and would be very shitty) if she did. I’m willing to bet she just wants to chat with you about your job.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

My guess is that she’s probably curious why you are interested in employment outside of her department.  If this is something that has happened before, now she might see it as a pattern.  Very unlikely you’re getting fired….she can’t legally fire you for wanting to switch jobs.  I think even in an at will state, you have to have some kind of a paper trail with documentation?

Don’t freak out too much….I bet she wants to talk about the job you are trying to get, OR she wants to have the “why do you want to leave my department” talk.  ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I wouldn’t worry about it.  Chances are 99.9% good that she just wants to talk. 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Maybe she wants to talk to you about how she can best help improve your chances at getting the job, or what she can do to help realize your career goals.  A lot of supervisors like to help their employees advance; it looks good for them, builds morale, and really helps out the company to recruit from within.  Give her the benefit of the doubt!

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Maybe she wants to see what she can do to convince you to stay?

I never allow potential employers to contact my current employer, and I thought most employers would know not to do this, at least not until you have an offer on the table that you have accepted.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think it’s interesting you’ve been trying to post out for two years.  I’d be eager to go ahead and do anything to help you get out of my team.  It’s tough when you know someone is looking to leave because as a manager you stop investing so much in them.  I’d hate to spend time and effort teaching you more knowing you could are already trying to leave.

I have someone on my team that has regularly been posting out for the past year.  I won’t go through the hassle of firing them, but I’ve stopped assigning him new tasks or teaching him new things.  I’m better off investing in other members of my team who are in it for the long haul. 

If I had a big project come up or another big opportunity within the team, I might pull him aside and tell him that it’s something I think he’d be great at but I’d look for a commitment from him to stay for XX amount of time if he agrees to the project.

Finally – I have to rank all of my associates in case I get the directive to lay someone off.  I’d lay this guy off first since I’d rather just keep folks on the team who want to be there.

OP – good luck in your meeting.  I hope I don’t come across as too harsh but I am actually living this now with someone on my team.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@howtobeawife:  The squeaky wheel gets the oil.  Hopefully, they’ll work with you now to challenge you.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@howtobeawife:  it also doesn’t help your opportunities to be worrying about getting canned because it affects your ability to perform in your job ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope it works out for you though *hugs*

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