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I was fired just three days before my probation was complete and I have no idea why...
I was hired as a manager for a large company recently. Yesterday I was fired just three days before my probation was complete and I have no idea why. I asked my boss and the HR person for the reason and none was given. My boss told me to call her at home that evening but when I sent her a note to ask for her home phone number she did not reply.
I am totally disgusted at what happened and I know I did not show any incompetence in performing my duties. In fact, I made a lot of improvements though some people seemed a bit nervous with my knowledge. The overall department that included my department had a high turnover and the company's mandate was to reduce the turnover.
While there I was dealing with an HR consultant who kept asking me how this one woman was who was reporting to me was doing. She sat across from me and I am convinced she was a spy. I had a conversation with him and stated that it would be a relief once a new person came on board because this spy seemed to have a lot of work to do. The HR person did not reveal anything to the headhunter that placed me at the company other than they had decided to part their ways with me.
Needless to say I am devastated. Not so much so that I was fired but that I don't know why I was fired. Can you offer me some suggestions?
Know Why I Was Fired
Dear Don't Know Why I Was Fired,
It is good to want to get the information. You need to be more persistent
(but not aggressive) in getting the information. I recommend you send
your former boss a nice note. Thank her for the opportunity to have worked
with her and ask for honest input on your job performance so you can
learn and grow.
Let me know what happens. Thanks for writing to Office-Politics.
Arnie Herz, Esq.
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