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May 22 wasn’t pretty. It was on that day that Tamar Braxton was on the wrong side of a high-profiling firing when she was removed from her position as a co-host on the syndicated talk show The Real. Rumors abounded. Why was she left go? Was it because viewers didn’t connect? Was it a revenge firing? Was she stabbed in the back, as she posted on Instagram?
Braxton was hit hard. On last night’s episode of Braxton Family Values, she revealed: “I just feel like the rug has been pulled out from under me. I don’t understand. I could probably understand more if I know I did something, but I don’t know what I did.”
Despite feeling “humiliated” by her most recent professional downturn, Braxton has bounced back fast. On June 2, while being interviewed on The Steve Harvey Morning Show, she and host Harvey announced that Tamar will be launching her own talk show through Harvey’s production company.
When all was said and done, Braxton fared well, but how about you and me? Do you know how what to do to save your career when you’re blindsided by a firing? The key thing is to “Cover yourself with professionalism,” advised Corporate Trainer and Executive Consultant Chavaz Kingman.
“If you are the victim of public firing, keep a level head and stay calm. Politely and professionally remove yourself from the company’s premises when appropriate, and if you have questions regarding the termination send your questions to your former Human Resources department or manager in writing. This is to show that even when your boss acted like a bully you did not retaliate with immature accusations, violence, or a temper — just in case you need to prove you were in the right for unemployment or other legal reasons.”
Part of staying calm is understanding the motive behind an unexpected or drama-filled firing. “You’re going to be hurt, but if you are being fired in a public forum, the goal is to humiliate you and to show who has real power. Honesty and professionalism are the best response,” shared Human Resource expert Pierre Tremblay. “It will garner respectability points from your employees and colleagues. Employees are by no means stupid. If they are even a bit perceptive, they will know that you were fired in a way that simply is unacceptable. It will actually lower the reputation of the person who is doing the firing.”
If your former colleagues aren’t so perceptive, you’ll need to be prepared for rumors to start to circulate about your departure. “When the other side attacks your reputation, one of your saving graces will be to have business contacts who can refute or contradict any ill word that your previous employer has stated. Never leave all your business contacts in or with one company. Develop strong, sustainable business relationships with others who are confident when providing you with reference letters,” Kingman said.
When asked about the firing, be as honest as you possibly can, without being messy, suggested Tremblay. “There is this underlying human component that really is part of the business world. Without that humanizing element, business doesn’t exist. If you’re able to reason with your colleagues using that humanizing element, where they feel empathy and have understanding, the ability to reset their expectations after being removed is so much easier. When empathy and understanding takes place, it has less to do about persuading somebody for forgiveness and more to do about logic–everybody involved knows what really went down.”
No matter what, don’t lash back and make it a she-said, he-said saga. Jim Webber, who conducts workplace training and runs a human resources advice blog called Evil Skippy at Work told CNBC, “The right thing to do is to take the high road and say, ‘Yeah, that was really crazy, but I’m just going to move on.'” After all, according to CNBC, “there’s probably nothing you can do to make your boss look worse. And for another, you always want to make sure you look like the saner party.”
Millennials are twice as likely as anyone else to lie about being fired — and it says a lot about this generation.
Employment and unemployment are viewed differently by millennials than other demographics. According to a new report from LinkedIn, “New Norms @Work,” millennials are much less likely to admit having been fired from a job than older workers.
While 56 percent of previous generations say if fired they’d “work to hide this information” from potential employers, 70 percent of millennials say they’d hide it. Millennials will also spin the circumstances surrounding their departure from a job; 31.5 percent of them say they’d “make it look like they have left on their own accord,” versus just 16.1 percent of workers 35 and older.
“Millennials are very focused on managing their professional brand,” LinkedIn’s career expert Catherine Fisher tells Business Insider.
In short, it’s not that Millennials like to lie, but rather present a positive image.
Workplace expert Dan Schawbe explains, “You don’t see them posting negative status updates on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.” Millennials, he says, prefer to guard “their professional and personal image online, covering up anything bad that’s ever happened to them.
“With millennials facing a tough job market, this strategy might be a way to give themselves a fighting chance in the corporate world. After all, it’s no secret that Millennials make less money, are more apt to live in poverty and have “lower rates of employment than their parents did at their ages 20.”
Millennials need any help they can get.
We guess you really can’t say that on television. These celebrities fired for saying the wrong thing just learned that sometimes it’s better to keep your feelings to yourself.
Man do you hate this job — but are you sure you’re the only one that knows that? If you show up 100% done every day, your boss could be picking up on your major attitude. If you still need your nine-to-five to pay a few more bills, practice your fake smiles before you’re prematurely shown the door.
You Can’t Stand Your Co-Workers
Are you sure those sighs and eye-roll always fly under the radar? Some employees will smile in your face while complaining about your performance behind your back.
You’re never too famous to get fired.
In 2012, Coco’s sex scandal broke and we all learned that “Ice Loves Coco” but she might love someone else.
So E! cancelled Ice T’s filming contract along with Coco’s now that the couples’ TV show no longer had a “wholesome wife.”
You leave a quiet city for the one that never sleeps; sleep still is in your eyes from all your big NYC dreams. You make this move with just a little over a thousand dollars in your savings account and a newly acquired Camp Counselor position at the YMCA. You’re broke, but content; and you save a bit of money while you crash on a creaky futon in the spare room at your friend’s place. That spare room becomes your bedroom. You pay rent. Not before long, you are working at a different job, one that pays slightly better. It’s an improvement, but months at that job prove difficult for a number of reasons. Dissatisfied with the job, you make the potentially regrettable decision to quit, perhaps to find something better aligned with your personal career goals. Meanwhile, you’re unemployed now, so what do you do?
Well, hopefully you don’t begin this phase by speaking in the second person (like I just did), attempting to generalize a potentially dangerous decision, hoping that others will see the rationale behind it. The situation isn’t unique in itself, there being several ways to find oneself out of work (i.e. quitting, resigning, and termination–being fired or laid off). No matter if you made this decision or if it was made for you, being unemployed can feel like a precarious place to be in, particularly if you have a great deal of responsibilities. So what’s next?
Now is the time to take stock and prioritize, and consider finances. Look at money, identify essentials and determine if being out of work means that you’ll be out on the street soon, or if you have time to coast for a bit. I ask myself the key questions: Do I have any other sources of income? Do I have anything that I could sell to keep myself afloat? Can I pick up some freelance work? Should I check Craigslist or Task Rabbit to get a little spare cash? Should I borrow money from a good friend or a parent? Should I take to the streets, like so many in this city, and dance, rap, preach, beg or sing for ducats? The latter is just a joke actually. In the end, I know that if I have money saved to cover at least two to four months of rent, I have a little wiggle room.
When finances are not the immediate concern, there are only two other things that are important: that I don’t get down on myself and that I get productive. For me, time away from a job means time to write, draw, plan, craft and create. It means time to organize, put things into perspective and search for what I really want–whatever that might mean or be. It means time to search, communicate, network and to keep busy. The last time that I was without work, I wrote half of a novel. It was 30,000 words about a starlet who found herself back in her hometown and under dire circumstances. I also volunteered at a multicultural art gallery and wrote articles for a music magazine. I attempted, at the very least, to be productive. Though, the good Lord knows that I wasn’t always this way. There were times between jobs that I wasted hours sulking, crying, desiring a new job but avoiding the process that it took to get one because I didn’t feel confident, and I would spend a lot of that valuable time playing Angry Birds and eating Cheetos. I learned, and I’m still learning, that not working does not mean that I can’t constantly work toward my goals. If you’re a creative type, use this time to build your portfolio, and if you aren’t, then use this time to expand your horizons. Sweating about not working can keep you from using your time wisely and finding the right job, particularly if you’re exhausting yourself with tireless searches, if you’re actively pursing jobs that you have no interest in, and if you’re going into your interviews with a look of desperation. Remember, you need a job, but you need a job where they also need someone like you. Take a deep breath, keep a level head, and know that the blessing meant for your will come soon enough.
Shea Allen, a local reporter in Huntsville, Alabama, may have thought she was being fiery and whimsical when she published a 10-point reflection, aptly titled Confessions of a Red Headed Reporter, on her personal blog. But her employer, ABC affiliate WAAY-TV, wasn’t amused and instead made a confession of their own: You’re Fired!
So what did she say that lead to her getting her walking papers? Well before I share, let’s see if you can spot the terminable offense:
1. I’ve gone bra-less during a live broadcast and no one was the wiser.
2. My best sources are the ones who secretly have a crush on me.
3. I am better live when I have no script and no idea what I’m talking about.
4. I’ve mastered the ability to contort my body into a position that makes me appear much skinner in front of the camera than I actually am.
5. I hate the right side of my face.
6. I’m frightened of old people and I refuse to do stories involving them or the places they reside.
7. Happy, fluffy, rainbow stories about good things make me depressed.
8. I’ve taken naps in the news car.
9. If you ramble and I deem you unnecessary for my story, I’ll stop recording but let you think otherwise.
10. I’ve stolen mail and then put it back. (maybe)
If you guessed her irrational and highly offensive fear of old people (number 6) or coping to a federal crime (number 10), you would be wrong. Actually we don’t know for sure as the news station, who terminated Allen three days after the post was published, did so “without cause,” which we all know means, we don’t have to tell you -ish. But what we do know is that Allen believes that her firing had a lot to do with admittedly to going bra-less on the air. That’s right, despite other sources, who confirmed to Gawker that Allen was on her third offense with the news stations, including a 2012 arrest for an unspecified warrant and three-day suspension from the station for running a news package “that contained profanity and racial slurs,” Allen is convinced that it was her top-half commando, which did her in.
Listen I feel her because I too hate bras. I hate the padding; I hate the itchy lace; I hate the straps that dig in or are always too loose to be useful; I hate how the really good ones cost so damn much and most importantly I hate the under wire, which by the way had to be invented by a sadomasochist because who else would think it was a good idea to place a metal rod into fabric lining? Most days, I can’t wait to come home and slip that bad boy out through the sleeve of my shirt and toss it into the other pile of chest torture devices.
I also believe that they are the most useless articles of clothing ever created since the fifth pocket inside of the pocket on a pair of jeans. And in case you are still holding on to the clever manipulation of Mad Men, who convinced you of some medical significance to bra-wearing, a French study has already debunked that myth, concluding that not only do bras not offer support but they may also cause saggy breasts nor do they help with back pain. Matter of fact, the study, which followed women for 15 years, suggested that those, who did not wear bras had firmer breast and were likely to see a 7 millimeter lift as measured from their nipples each year. So yeah, those who are daring enough to buck social trend and go bra-less deserve a promotion and an award for being a bad A$$ woman.
But despite Allen’s insistence, I just don’t buy for one second that’s being a bra-less renegade is why she was fired. Call me jaded but I think trying to conflate what was obviously a long, laundry list of other reasons to get fired with some sort of feminist cause of concern is kind of tacky too. Either that or this is just the case of a painfully unaware white woman on the planet. In either instance, I’m not crying for her, Argentina. After all she is a pretty, young, white woman with a knack for attention-seeking. In short, she’ll be alright.
When will celebrities learn that once they sign on the dotted line for an endorsement deal, they have to walk a fine line and stay out of trouble? These stars found out the hard way, how their personal lives could negatively affect their bank accounts.
A few weeks ago Paula Deen found herself in a public relations nightmare after the transcript of her deposition in a racial and sexual harassment lawsuit leaked. When asked if she’s ever used the “N-word,” the Queen of Butter replied, “Yes, of course.” Although Deen tried her best to deny she was a racist, she was vilified in the media. As the story grew, one endorsement deal after another fell by the waist side. The Food Network opted not to renew Deen’s contract. Home Depot, Walmart, Target and Smithfield all abandoned ship. Once the second highest paid celebrity chef, it is estimated that Deen’s slip of the tongue could cost her as much as $12.5 million in earnings when the dust finally settles.
We wondered if this day would come and it looks like it is finally here. According to Talking Points’ National Affairs Reporter Hunter Walker, Paula Deen has been given the axe following the eruption of her racial scandal earlier this week. Walker broke the news on Twitter, saying:
RT @hunterw Statement from Food Network spokesman:Food Network will not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of this month
— MadameNoire (@MadameNoire) June 21, 2013
Earlier this week, the National Enquirer blew the lid off of a $1.2 million lawsuit alleging the chef had used the n-word numerous times, habitually made racial jokes, and treated her black workers as slaves. Initially the Food Network said they would monitor the situation, but now they’ve decided to take action and fire southern favorite from their station. Good move!
Check out her irrelevant (second) apology below.
Is K. Foxx Peacing Out? Rumor Has It Hot 97 Might Be Replacing Her With A More Interesting ‘The Gossip Game’ Co-Star
Radio personality K.Foxx might be out of a job as conflicting reports say that she was allegedly fired from or quit Hot97’s morning show this week. K.Foxx is also a co-star on the newer reality show ‘The Gossip Game’ which follows seven women and chronicles the ups and downs and ins and outs of entertainment journalism/gossip. Though the show was meant to highlight all things good and progressive, it seems that it has become one of many reality shows to showcase mostly the drama among women of color.
“I can’t believe this. And yet, I can. In what seems like an endless soap opera, K-Foxx of the Hot97 morning show has been unceremoniously fired. I am not fully aware of the circumstances surrounding the termination, but is ON! Now, we saw on “The Gossip Game,” the reality show she starred on, that she at times clashed with E-Bro, her boss AND co-host. What the hell just happened? On top of that, I am hearing that one of her co-stars on “The Gossip Game” may be her replacement!…”
However, in an updated post, Bossip reported:
Update: We spoke to an insider at HOT97 who tells us that K. Foxx has not been fired, but confirmed she plans to leave the show. More details coming soon!
Though we can’t speak to the credibility of the inside source, it doesn’t seem so far-fetched that K.Foxx would leave Hot 97. It’s been no secret that K.Foxx has had a little trouble here and there at the station, being the only female on the morning show. And honestly, I’m not sure she adds much to the show anyway. So, perhaps if/when she leaves she can move forward to something that suits her better.
Both Ebro and Rosenberg, two more radio personalities on the Hot97 morning show tweeted that they would never hire someone from the cast of The Gossip Game, to which ‘The Gossip Game’ co-star, JasFly replied, offended. Oop! Or maybe she’s the replacement?
We wonder how this is going to play out… But at the end of the day we wish K.Foxx the best.