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Controll Urge to Protest Firing

Q. I'm so angry because I was fired and I believe it was without cause. I trusted these people and assumed that I was a favored employee doing an excellent job. I knew there would be cutbacks because revenue has slowed, but I thought others would be fired and since I was the "core" of the company, I'd remain to help it to become more efficient. I keep replaying everything that went on in the last month, wondering what I did or said that would have turned management against me. I was not the only one let go, but I was shocked. I have a few more days to finish my projects, pack up and leave. I'm trying not to show my feelings and wonder if I can tell my boss how I feel on the final day.

Ans.  Absolutely not. You never know when you may pass that way again. Keep a positive attitude and pleasant persona. Whether or not it's true, assume you are simply part of a budget cut and it is not personal, as often is the case. Also remember that you may be the first one called back when times improve, as a part-time or full-time employee. Never burn those bridges with a bad attitude. You may meet the same people in business if you work for another company. It's always wise to leave with your dignity and without slamming any doors in anger, even if you feel it's justified.

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