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Writing To My Bad Beat

Sue Carswell | Posted 07.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sue Carswell

Recently I was let go of a project I was working on and it's a killer for me. My eyes are all wet and I'm trying to assuage my tears with Burt Bacharach songs. "Lord we don't need another mountain," as one of his song goes. God, I feel like it's me against the Alps.

How Safe Is Your Boring 9-5?

Steve Eakin | Posted 05.31.2016 | Business
Steve Eakin

A lot of people don't - and shouldn't - dive right into the whole "work for yourself" thing.

The Character of Success: From Bryant University to the "Real World"

Heather C. Miller | Posted 04.01.2016 | Good News
Heather C. Miller

Point being, the downed trees in the roads are learning experiences. As frustrating and answerless the hard situations can be, the stars eventually align and things start to make some sort of sense.

Happy Anniversary Of Getting Fired To Me

Marisa Kabas | Posted 03.18.2016 | Business
Marisa Kabas

Precisely three years ago, I was fired from my job. I'm brought into a conference room with the shades drawn and told that the company no longer needs my services  --  that my position is being eliminated, and my tenure expires today. I cry. It's over.

How to Avoid Getting Fired After Your Company Holiday Party

Jessica Miller-Merrell | Posted 12.04.2016 | Business
Jessica Miller-Merrell

It's that time of year when employees begin celebrating after hours with their co-workers, managers and other work colleagues at the company holiday party. While employees are eager with anticipation for a chance to let loose at the upcoming holiday party, it's your HR and manager's biggest nightmare.

Unexpected Reasons For Getting Fired

Quora | Posted 11.12.2016 | Business

Truly unexpected terminations aren't common in my experience. Good employees are hard to find, and employers find themselves in a lose/lose situation when they ambush employees with a pink slip.

The Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma: ... And How are the Children?

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2016 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

America, how are the children? More specifically, how are the African American children? They are troubled. They are confused. They are angry. They have seen too much to live healthy, idyllic or carefree childhoods and they don't have the maturity to make sense of what the world is showing them.

When Your Man Loses His Job

Nicole Williams | Posted 10.16.2016 | Women
Nicole Williams

How can you help your newly unemployed boyfriend or husband navigate this treacherous time? WORKS talked to several women to find out.

'I'd Like to Thank Everybody Who Ever Fired or Divorced Me': Looking Back, at 70

Sandi Bachom | Posted 09.03.2016 | Fifty
Sandi Bachom

I was laid off as director of broadcast production at an edgy little ad agency because we lost our only TV account. My 20-year marriage ended and 9/11 happened. All in the same month. For the next 10 years, I was just a floundering fear ball, a deer in the headlights.

10 Things to Do If You Were Fired Yesterday

James Altucher | Posted 07.05.2016 | Business
James Altucher

Then they told me I had to either take a 50 percent pay cut or I would be fired. If I was fired they would give me severance. I didn't like either choice. I had responsibilities. I was counting on the money. I was scared. I wasn't expecting this.

Minority Status Does Not Exempt Us From Blind Spots: Just Ask Univision Host Rodner Figueroa

Paula Beltrán | Posted 05.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Paula Beltrán

We can be romantically involved with, or be children to or parents of people of color, and experience moments of prejudice, and yes, racism. We can have mothers and sisters and wives and daughters -- we can be women -- and fall into sexist patterns of thought and action.

Volunteers May Have Employee Legal Status

Brad Reid | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
Brad Reid

If a volunteer is in fact an employee then employee protection laws such as minimum wage and overtime, as well as Title VII, will frequently apply. Consult experienced legal counsel to review your specific situation.

So You've Been Laid Off or Fired. What That Really Means.

Steve Rhode | Posted 12.28.2014 | Business
Steve Rhode

The lesson to be learned here is that nobody is entitled to any job; tomorrow can always be your last day no matter what you think.

Unemployed and Looking for Work? Here's How to Avoid Losing Your Mind

Heather Martin | Posted 09.13.2014 | Women
Heather Martin

You need to stay busy, ground yourself (meditation and exercise) and stay engaged with real friends (only the positive ones) so that you can go out into the world with confidence and let an employer know why you will be their next great hire.

Learning to Love My Unemployed Self

Katie Gibson | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Katie Gibson

I had everything. I had the perfect apartment, the perfect lifestyle (whatever that even means), the perfect husband, the perfect dog, the perfect job. I was bouncy lollipops and rainbows happy. That is, until it all fell apart faster than you can say downsizing.

Trying to Get Your Job Back After a Walter Mitty Style Adventure

Oren Mendez | Posted 03.17.2014 | Comedy
Oren Mendez

Hi, Mr. Cooper. It's Martin. I'm actually glad you didn't pick up, it'll be much easier to just say this over your answering machine. As you probably noticed, I haven't shown up for work at all this week.

I Got Fired Last Week. That's a Good Thing. Here's Why.

Alex Korchinski | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Alex Korchinski

The walk back to my apartment was long. I called my parents in tears and relived every misstep, looking entirely out of place in the midst of the morning hustle and bustle. But here I am one week later. It's possible that getting shit-canned was the best thing to happen to me in 2013.

5 Things I Learned From Getting Fired

Samuel Umachi | Posted 03.11.2014 | Detroit
Samuel Umachi

Until recently, I struggled to put into context everything that went wrong for me that year and what role I played. Reflecting on what I've learned since then, I've come up with 5 broad themes I think sum up that chapter of my life.

Dear God, I Need a Job: The Struggle to Find Employment After Sex Work

Eric Barry | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eric Barry

I decided to lose the pseudonym and come out publicly about being a straight male who was a gay escort. I wanted to show the world that sex workers can be educated, intelligent, well-adjusted people. People who went to Berkeley. People who worked at Google.

You Lost Your Job -- Now What?

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
Bruce Weinstein

Believing in yourself is one of the best ways of applying the principle of compassion to your own life. Consider this as well: How can others benefit from your expertise if you don't get the word out?

The Five Stages of Getting Over Being Fired While Living in an Expensive City

Lisa Bernier | Posted 05.29.2013 | New York
Lisa Bernier

In solidarity with my fellow disenchanted, disillusioned compatriots who, in this terrible and depressing economy were so cruelly released into the wilds of urban unemployment, here are the five stages of being fired.

9 Workers Who Got Fired For Completely Ridiculous Reasons

The Huffington Post | Posted 03.22.2013 | Business

Be thankful for your job, because it can be snatched away from you for just about anything these days. Yes, dance videos, life-saving events, nat...

Back To Where I Once Belonged

Mike Kravinsky | Posted 05.11.2013 | Fifty
Mike Kravinsky

I've found that people who "start over" are often just returning to an old professional passion. Something that, for whatever reason, had to be put on hold.

Three Lessons for Startup Founders From Andrew Mason's Not-So-Funny Resignation

Les McKeown | Posted 05.10.2013 | Small Business
Les McKeown

Treating a $1.6 billion, 11,000-employee organization like it's your personal plaything isn't funny, and including a neo-hipster inside joke about Battletoads in your farewell missive doesn't make it all okay.

5 Ways I Found Happiness After Getting Fired

LearnVest | Posted 04.07.2013 | Women

In order to capture the depth of nausea that I felt on the day that I got fired, you need to picture me sitting across from my boss in his glaringly sunny office. Then you need to envision giant tufts of wiry white hair sprouting out from the neck of his company polo shirt.