The top 10 reasons why Brits were fired in 2018

The top 10 reasons why Brits were fired in 2018

As an employer, you never really want to fire someone. It’s always better if you can speak to an employee who is underperforming or has behaved inappropriately and try to work out a reasonable resolution.

However, sometimes it can be best for the company and the employee to part ways for good.

Research from Turner Little has found the top ten most common reasons why Britons have been fired in 2018 so far:

1. Poor performance/not meeting targets – 23%

Obviously, if you can’t do the job, then you get shown the door.

2. Heavy internet usage not related to work – 21%

You might think you’re being sneaky by downloading Game of Thrones at work – but your IT department sees all.

3. Too much socialising during work – 16%

Not only are you not doing your work, you’re also distracting other from their tasks.

4. Being late – 11%

While you might need to ask for some sympathy if you are affected by the train chaos, consistent lateness can be very annoying.

5. Taking one too many sickies – 9%

Striking a balance between absenteeism and presenteeism is very important – but if an employee gets caught out for lying about being ill, it’s game over.

6. Questionable search history – 8%

Incognito mode won’t protect you this time!

7. Looking for other jobs during work hours – 6%

They say looking for a job is a full-time job, but that doesn’t mean you should replace the job you have with such a search. At least you’ll have plenty of time on your hands to chase that dream role…

8. Failing drugs tests – 3%

Many roles require you to be drug-free and sober, and failing a test means you could be putting lives at risk.

9. Too many coffee/toilet breaks – 2%

Of course, it’s important to stay well-hydrated and comfortable, but there’s a limit.

10. Falling asleep at work – 2%

Not even Homer Simpson got away with dozing at his desk for very long.

It is worth remembering that just because someone was fired from their last role it doesn’t mean they might not be a good fit for your organisation.

“Let's face it - If you never make any errors you're not taking any risks,”

...says Suzanne Lucas, writing for Inc. “Sometimes people get fired because the screwed up. But, the question is, did they learn from their mistakes? Are they better now because of the things learned? You'll never know if you don't take the time to talk to someone.”

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