If your employment is terminated for any reason, it's easy to become upset. It's also easy to overact and make things worse on you.
Here are a few actions you need to avoid if you're terminated:
- Storming out of the office. Rather than do this, remain calm and collect everything you need. For example, you may want to save documents from your computer and remove personal items from your office and desk.
- Lashing out. There's never a good time to scream or yell at former bosses or coworkers, as this can result in police and/or security becoming involved. Keep your cool and hang on to your dignity while you think things through for the future.
- Talking about severance when you're upset. Rather than jump right into this, review your employment contract and employee handbook. This gives you a clear idea of what you're owed, as well as where to start negotiations.
- Broadcasting your situation to the entire office. It's tempting to tell your coworkers what happened, but there's no point in doing so. It'll only make you more upset, while also putting them in an awkward position. Keep to yourself as you deal with your termination privately.
Learning that you're losing your job will bring many emotions to the surface. By remaining calm, you position yourself to make the right decisions at the right time.
If you have reason to believe you are the victim of wrongful termination, learn more about your legal rights and the next steps you can take. You may be able to seek compensation from your employer.