Why Do You Keep Getting Fired?

7 Reasons You Can't Keep a Job

This man keeps getting fired
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Do you keep getting fired? You say you don't have any idea why this keeps happening to you. It must be that all your ex-bosses were losers or that you just have bad luck, right? Hmmm. That's probably not it. If you can't keep a job, there's a good chance it's you, not your boss or misfortune.

Most people get fired at some point in their careers, but those to whom this repeatedly happens can benefit from some self-examination. Take an honest look at your behavior and ask yourself if you might be to blame for your repeated job losses. Only after you do this, can you take actions to change this pattern.

Let's explore some things that may be causing you to keep getting fired:

1. You Aren't Doing Your Work Well

Do you take pride in your work or are you just eager to cross another item off your to-do list? If you are more interested in getting a project over with than turning in excellent work, you may have just found the root of your problem. Most bosses do not value employees who don't do excellent work. They can find someone else who does. If you are sloppy or make a lot of mistakes, you will have to change your work ethic.

2. You Are Unable to Perform Some Basic Tasks

You may have the technical skills necessary to do your job quite well, but there are basic tasks every boss assumes their employees can do. They keep the workplace humming along. Regardless of your job, you usually must know proper telephone etiquette and how to write a professional email.

3. You Aren't Completing Work on Time

If you can't complete work as quickly as your job requires, it will cause problems for your employer and eventually for you.  Missed deadlines can be costly. If you have this problem, you can solve it by improving your time management skills. Learn how to prioritize your work and delegate tasks to coworkers if you can. You should also avoid procrastinating. Putting off work won't help anyone. You will have to do it eventually.

4. You Don't Get Along With Your Coworkers

Are you always getting into disagreements with your coworkers? When employees don't get along with one another, workplaces suffer. It distracts people from their work and productivity will eventually decline. Your job will be at risk since employers will have not choice but to weed out anyone responsible for the strife. You don't have to love everyone with whom you work—you don't even have to like them all—but if you don't want to keep getting fired, try to have good working relationships.

5. You Have a Very Quick Temper

If you lose your temper very quickly and are unable to manage your anger at work, your boss is likely to see you as a liability. There are far too many news stories that demonstrate how unchecked anger can escalate into physical violence. According to the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), each year almost 2 million Americans report they were victims of workplace violence. Many more cases go unreported (OSHA. Workplace Violence.). If you can't get your temper in check on your own, seek professional help.

6. You Have a Negative Attitude

Your  workplace negativity will aggravate your boss, who will want to get rid of you as soon as he or she can find a replacement. While you may have legitimate grievances, employers don't like it when their workers complain incessantly. Negativity is highly contagious. It spreads quickly from one employee to another and is damaging to morale. It can make productivity plummet. Rather than abiding by the motto "misery loves company," find ways to improve conditions in your workplace and avoid bringing everyone else down.

7. You Are Unwilling to Take on Difficult Projects

Do you turn down assignments that seem too challenging? Whenever you do, it allows you to miss out on an opportunity to prove your worth to your boss. Instead, take on difficult tasks that demonstrate what you are capable of doing. Show your employer that your are motivated to take on challenges and willing to learn new skills. You will, on occasion, have to say no to your boss, but don't do that unless you have a good reason. For example, you may have to decline an assignment if adding it to your already packed schedule will keep you from completing higher priority work.