You are NOT going to believe the lengths that this employee went to avoid being sacked for non performance.
He was employed last September in a sales role in a recruitment company.
The company have really good sales software, so they could track what he was doing, and how many placements he was making.
Unfortunately for the employee (let’s call him Bob), the answers to those two things were “not very much” and “none”.
They had a monthly review process in place, and each month they emphasised how important making sales was – it was made very clear that if he did not make a placement at least worth £4,500, then he would be out at the end of 3 months.
His boss scheduled the 3 month review meeting, knowing that no placement had been made.
Bob knew it too, although he did have something in the pipeline that could have been worth £6,000 in a couple of months.
So, rather than taking it on the chin, or working desperately hard to get a sale over the line, he used one of the dirtiest tactics I have ever seen – he said he had cancer.