What You Need to Know About Being Fired Without Prejudice

A Case Study:

 

         We are entering a new phase of redefining the modern workplace because of rapid technological advances. This is true in virtually every industry! No matter your occupation, someone, somewhere is creating a way to optimize current methodologies via Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Automation, or some combination thereof.

         Many people are growing anxious over whether or not their job is safe from the coming Robot Invasion. While they may have a valid concern, the truth is that, although jobs may be eliminated due to AI, many more will be created. There are people creating technology today that will, by its very existence, birth new jobs into being.

         Today’s savvy employee must realize that simply having a position does not mean that education is a thing of the past. On the contrary! Education is very much a thing of the future. There are courses that proactive employers offer to improve your skills on or familiarize yourself with new technologies or procedures they plan on implementing in the upcoming quarters. By simply participating in these offerings, you are positioning yourself advantageously over those that do not. This will be noted, should the axe coming swinging in your department.

         However, what happens if you do all that you can in your position, exceeding goals, transforming your workers into highly-productive assets, etc., only to find that you’re still being let go? It is, undoubtedly, a bitter pill to swallow.

The questions swirl in your mind:

  • How do I know what I need to improve upon, when ultimately, I am not being given an actual reason for being fired?
  • What do I put on my resume?
  • How do I explain this in an interview, and still come across as confident and capable?
  • How do I reconcile this within my own soul, without an actual reason?
  • How can I explain this to those depending on me, when I can’t wrap my mind around it myself?

         Here at gpac, we wanted to take the time to explore this emerging trend in the workplace. As technology evolves (and for a multitude of other reasons) this new phrase, “Without Prejudice”, is becoming a more popular option for Management to use when firing someone.

         We interviewed a professional, female Millennial from the telecommunications industry that has just experienced being let go from her management position “Without Prejudice”. We will refer to her throughout as M.K.:

gpac: Had you ever heard of being let go from a position “Without Prejudice” before it happened to you?

M.K.: “I had heard of it, but usually it was accompanied by some actual reason and the person in question was provided a probationary period to fix the issue. However, in my case, although I lifted my team and they exceeded the company’s set goals and were performing at 100%, I was still let go. I didn’t understand. I felt that they had no substance for letting me go, and it came across as more personal than professional.”

gpac: Did you ask for clarification of the term? If so, what were you told by HR?

M.K.: “I asked several times. I was told that at some points, a company feels that you’re not a fit, or the position becomes redundant. But that was not the case with me. I had done everything according to Company Policy, my job description, and fulfilled all of the requirements for my branch to get beyond the goals set by the Company. It didn’t make sense to me. I asked, “Without Prejudice? So…you’re letting me go for no reason?”

gpac: Describe how you felt after the event.

M.K.: “I was with the Company for 3 years. In that time I had more responsibilities than the average manager because they were shared in the beginning, but due to short staff, I was given them all. I worked at least 60 hours a week, without new staff to help ease the workload.

I was known as the “Clean-Up Crew” because I had come from 2 previously-underperforming locations, and got them on track before doing the same from this 3rd location.

It’s sometimes a struggle to not allow anger and bitterness to seep in, but I definitely feel unappreciated and taken advantage of. I feel that once they used me up, they disregarded me and that has left me a bit defeated. Sort of like all the work I did before never mattered and that I must overcompensate and be extraordinary in my new position, just to avoid a repeat situation. I have to consciously choose a positive mindset.”

gpac: What advice would you give someone that finds themselves in the same position?

M.K.: “Just remember that it’s not your fault. Try not to take it as a personal attack, because if you do, it will eat you up. And absolutely take advantage of any services that they’re offering, such as:

  • Resume Revamp
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Use your benefits before they run out
  • Review your severance package
  • Ask questions about outstanding earnings (bonus, expense reimbursement)
  • Discount programs
  • Eligibility for rehire”

         Organizations would do well to keep this feedback in mind when it comes to letting employees go. “Without Prejudice” does not have to mean “Without Reason”. If the lines of communication are clearer, it can provide a bit of much-needed closure to your former employee, and enable them to move on to a fit that is right for them. In fact, that may be just the thing to avoid this situation altogether!

         Being let go from a position is rarely a joyous occasion, but it can be a blessing in disguise. Perhaps you’ve outgrown your position and bigger and better things await you! Visit our Job Center today and see if we can help you find your dream job: http://www.gogpac.com/refresh/templates/jobs.php?id=9

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