Quit vs fired?
February 19, 2010 6:45 AM Subscribe
Should my friend quit before they are fired?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Someone I know has been suspended from their job. This person is in their 20s in a food service-type job. They will be fired but so far are only suspended. The reason for the suspension is legitimate but also is a common workplace practice at this particular job. Many of the employees have been suspended or will be soon. What they did was not right but also doesn't seem worthy of this action. It is on a level that would likely (in most other workplaces) end up with a meeting where the behavior would be identified and employees would be told to stop. This did not occur.
Here's the questions:
1) They have the opportunity to quit rather than be fired. Would that be a good thing to do? It doesn't appear that they will be eligible for unemployment in either situation (they're in BC, Canada). But would future employers look more kindly on a work history that shows they quit?
2) How should this be handled in future job interviews? Do you have good examples of how this can be presented? Or should it be? It seems to me that saying it was the workplace culture may imply that the person was too susceptible to peer pressure and not willing to do the right thing despite the pressure. They're not a bad person although they realize they should have acted differently. Do they own up or try to keep it quiet? Should this employer even be listed on a resume?
Any other HR advice you can provide would be appreciated. Thanks!