The dreaded ‘T’ word – Termination – shouldn’t come as a surprise to someone who isn’t performing “as expected” at work. While it’s inevitably an awful experience, there are some warning signs that should be red flags warning you that your job may be in jeopardy.

Noticing your absence in certain strategic meetings?

Is your boss refusing your calls or making up excuses to not see you? Are your colleagues avoiding you? Are you the last to hear about a proposed change in your company?

*GASPS* Keep calm but expect a warning letter to come your way.


Now, now… There are still options to get out of this predicament.
Here are some solutions you can consider:

  1. Reflect on your mistakes if you think you have been underperforming
  2. Defend yourself in a justified manner
  3. Start looking for a new job to keep your options open

While warning letters can be the beginning of the end – it may not be ALL bad. If the necessary change begins with yourself, deeply reflect on your work performance and honestly ponder on the concerns raised by your boss.

If there is truth to those concerns, work on it and make changes – you can go as far as suggesting training courses to help you up-skill yourself, which will show that you have the determination to improve. There’s also an abundance of free online courses that’ll help you get there!

Try not to accept disciplinary probation unless it’s a part of a clause in your employment contract as it may be detrimental to future career prospects. Instead, talk things over with your boss and ask for advice on how to improve. If both of you are willing to fill in the gaps, you might just be able to save your job.

However, if you do not agree that you are underperforming, the first thing you should do is to write a response to the warning letter (don’t forget to CC the HR department). State your concerns and mention the changes you will implement to turn things around. Don’t forget to read up on Malaysian labour laws you absolutely have to know about.

For the things you don’t agree with, give solid reasons and facts like dates, work time, and witnesses if any. Create your own paper trail! Ask your boss what about the benchmarks, how they justify success, and what they suggest on how things should be done in the future – all in writing!

Getting three warning letters is enough reason for a company to officially fire you! So, if you think that the demand for your profession is high, it’ll be a good idea to keep your options open.

If you start seeing red flags at work, ask yourself, “Is this company really for me?“, be proactive and take your first step towards career progression by checking out companies actively hiring on WOBB.

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Posted by Rebecca Koay