15 People Who Were Fired Share The Warning Signs That They Shouldn't Have Ignored

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Workers of the world: vote up the most serious warning signs of termination.

If you've ever been fired from a job, you probably know it isn't always obvious that you're about to get the boot. There are lots of warning signs that can be easily missed if you don't know what to look for. So, if you'd like to be more aware of the signs you're getting fired, keep reading. These Redditors are sharing the red flags they overlooked.


  • 1
    10 VOTES

    They Were Given More Responsibility Their Manager Knew They Couldn't Handle

    From Redditor u/Gil_Beard:

    You are given more responsibility than you can handle (so they can fire you for not meeting expectations).

    My boss made me a supervisor even though I pleaded with him not to. Sure, it came with a pay raise and an office, but what else it came with was the weight of more responsibility, more hours, more paperwork, no longer being a part of the union, and the ability to be fired at the drop of [a] hat for anything you or your employees might do. I was fired not even two weeks after being forced into the position.

    10 votes
  • 2
    6 VOTES

    Their Boss Asked For Tutorials On How To Do Their Work

    From Redditor u/Howard_31616:

    When your boss asks you to write tutorials that describe your daily work.

    6 votes
  • 3
    23 VOTES

    Their Boss Stopped Acknowledging Them

    From Redditor u/Vegetable_Seller:

    My boss and my boss’s boss stopped acknowledging me as they passed my office.

    23 votes
  • 4
    22 VOTES

    They Were Put On The Worst Projects After Embarrassing Their Boss

    From a former Redditor:

    I got fired in October. They start putting you on the worst projects in order to secure documentation that you are as bad as they say. For example, by mistake I embarrassed a higher-up by saying he was on multiple projects (which is standard). He always wants his clients to feel they are his only client. Ridiculous, I know, but I'm a peon… I was immediately taken off that project and put on two projects that were horribly failing already. After that, they had the documentation they needed. They then pulled me in the office and told me that although I had improved on everything they asked me to, they still had to let me go. Ridiculous. First time I've ever been fired.

    22 votes
  • 5
    17 VOTES

    Their Chatty Coworkers Stopped Talking To Them

    From Redditor u/Spastic_Squirrel:

    In my last experience, it was when co-workers started being more quiet around me. Especially leadership and the chatty co-workers who always ask about your day. I was called into my director's office two days later and… told, "We're going to need to let you go", and my response was, "Do I need to sign anything or shall I just pack up and leave?"

    17 votes
  • 6
    10 VOTES

    They Were Given A Really Simple Task In The Morning

    From Redditor u/CompellingProtagonis:

    I was fired once and I had no idea, except the day of they cleared all my tasks and gave me something really simple. I obviously completed it in like two minutes. Later in the day, ~1:00, they called me in and said I hadn't been pulling my weight. When I told my co-workers I'd been fired, they thought I was f*cking with them, but that was that. It sucked, but was the catalyst that [led] me to decide to go back to school. 

    10 votes