I bet you never thought that you’d be in a position where your job was in jeopardy, am I right? Sometimes, jobs just don’t work out. You might find that you don’t have the right skills for the role, or simply that it isn’t a good fit for you. It could be a case of failing to gel with management or struggling to get on with your co-workers. In other situations, it might just be that you’re not performing well enough. It’s easy to get complacent and bored when working at a company for a long time, and work naturally suffers in the process.
Anyway, you’re now at the point where you’ve been warned that your job is in jeopardy. It might have come through a meeting or potentially even a letter. It’s a stressful thing to go through, and now you’ve got to find a way of turning that situation around. Your company might now think that you’re unreliable and unable to do the job, so what can you do?
Firstly, you need to recognise the reasons for their concern. If it’s related to poor performance, you need to start looking at how to rectify those issues. If you need additional training, ask for it. Employers would much prefer if you offered an alternative solution if you don’t feel comfortable. At the end of the day, they just want you to produce good work. If you offer something to improve your output, they’re normally going to be willing to consider it.
In other cases, the situation could be a little more complicated. If your decline in performance is due to your mental state, you need be upfront about it. Mental health issues are common in the workplace, so don’t feel embarrassed to mention them. Health Assured’s employee assistance programme services can help you to overcome such issues. Ask your employer whether they have services like this for you to utilise. It’ll help them to understand why your performance has declined, and get you on the path to better mental health, too.
Alternatively, it might be related to your behaviour. This is a tougher one in some circumstances. You might feel that you’re being mistreated or that issues with co-workers can’t be resolved. If that’s the case, you need to think long and hard about your employment with the company. If you know that you’re in the wrong regarding your behaviour, it’s best to admit to it. Assure management that you’ll do your best to rectify the situation as quickly as possible.
Naturally, you’re going to feel a little on edge when you’ve been warned about your job security. Suddenly, walking around the office might feel like an uncomfortable task. Talking to those who issued you with the warning will be a little more stress-inducing. All you can do for now is present yourself in a professional manner. If you’re asked to do something, don’t turn it down unless there’s a good reason. Give your employers a reason to change their opinions of you. It’s always beneficial to go the extra mile if you can, so take on extra work if you can handle it. Do a little more overtime or simply put more effort into everything you do.
It’s always a good idea to keep a noted record of all the improvements you’ve made since the warning was issued. You’ll eventually be called into a meeting at some point to either discuss your improvements or their concerns. If you’ve got a way of proving all the extra measures you’ve taken to solve the situation, they’ll be impressed. The nature of the workplace means that the higher-ups often don’t see all of your day-to-day tasks. By writing everything down and presenting them with your actions, they’ll know that you weren’t slacking on the job.
If things go from bad to worse, and you’ve put in all the effort you can, you might have to accept it. In some cases, you just can’t do what’s necessary to convince them you’re right for the job. Ultimately, it might be that they hired the person with the wrong skillset in the first place. That’s not your fault, so don’t take it personally. As long as you’ve done the best job you possibly can to turn the situation around, you should feel happy with your efforts.
In a particularly stressful situation such as this, ensure you relax in your time away from work. In turn, you should find that your productivity improves. Hopefully, so does your job security!