Tesla Fires Workers – The Reason is Surprising

Tesla just fired between 400 – 700 workers; while they won’t divulge the exact number, the reason is surprising. Workers were let go, at all levels, due to poor performance. According to their announcement, “As with any company, especially one of over 33,000 employees, performance reviews also occasionally result in employee departures. Tesla is continuing to grow and hire new employees around the world” (Business Insider, 2017). I’ve read it’s layoffs, other sources say it’s financial – whatever the reason, performance is involved somehow.
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If you think of it this way, what leads them to keep workers, versus letting them go? It  comes down to value – who performs, well – and meets benchmarks, as well as who has a positive attitude; who ‘shows up’ every day vs who shows up (just there). Companies won’t keep a worker if they are low-paying if their work and attitude is not there. Tesla is working on Model 3, to which they are behind in production; if the former is true, then that many would no be let go. In fact, there were workers who got bonuses.
There are other factors that contribute, like EOE and other laws, but they do look at performance and future success. This is why it is reliant on individual workers to daily check their both their attitude and their contributions to their work; it’s about utilizing the skills you were hired for, ensuring timeliness and quality of the work, and being part of the team.
It’s not too late to track your performance: are you arriving on time, as well as your lunch/breaks; are you managing your time; are you ‘raising your hand’ to help your boss or teammates out; do you come in with a smile of a frown; are you using your critical thinking skills and contributing with new ideas and solutions. These are just a few of what leaders look for and why they hire; these are also what puts someone on their radar, and in a good way.
I hope the company let them go well, i.e. severance and/or career services to help them find another employment. But, my real hope is that these workers had ‘Plan B’ in place – this would get them a clear path to their next step. My question: are you prepared? Do you have Plan B in place? If not, let’s talk!
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Rebuilding Trust (in yourself) After a Job Loss

Losing your job can be devastating to one’s psyche and esteem.  Thinking about the next career path can be confusing and bring up a host of fears and insecurities and lead to job search procrastination.  “Who will hire me?” or “What job am I fit for?” are questions I often hear when I coach clients.  It seems that the loss of a job leads to the loss of one’s identity which can deflate – or almost paralyze -the job search strategies that need to be done to get hired again.

In order to get “back in the game”, it is important to rebuild trust in yourself and in your abilities so you can get hired again.  According to Bridges (2003) and Nakaska (2010), it is important for a person to rebuild their own trust in their abilities and in developing their own career plans “as they themselves, rather than any single job, will be the one constant in their careers.”   It is important to keep in your mindset all of your skills and abilities that you have to offer to potential employees; this means having them written down and placed where you can see them on a daily basis.  Keeping your professional development in mind will be the key to your weathering these changes and resulting stress that change brings.  Paying more attention to what is occurring in your industry and in the world of work will help you bring more knowledge and skills to an employer and can position you as a top candidate for hire.  Taking charge of your career will help to increase and enhance your skills and knowledge, give you a clearer direction for where you want your career to go and enable you to make better choices.  These activities will also help to rebuild your internal trust so you feel more confident and less fearful to seek out the positions you desire.  Not only will you rebuild trust in yourself but you will be managing your career as opposed to allowing an employer to do so.