Can I collect unemployment if I have been fired for not meeting my quota? (This is a job performance question with relevance for any state)
I have been employed with a for-profit University for the last year as an admissions advisor. Every admissions advisor is expected to have a certain number of student enrollments per start of each new school session. I did quite well for many months meeting my quota but for the last few months, I have struggled to enroll the number of students expected of me. I have done everything the same in terms of my representation of the university, work ethic, and effort, but despite all my efforts, I have fallen short of the quota. I have been on corrective action since March; I have received a verbal, written, and most recently, a final warning in regards to this matter. Each time, I have taken the steps necessary to bring up my numbers, have kept good attendance, and have gone through many training sessions to improve my performance. Still, along with many other advisors currently, I am finding it increasingly difficult to enroll the students that the University expects. I anticipate I will be let go within a matter of days, to weeks at best. Would I be eligible to receive unemployment benefits in this situation?
Your situation is a common situation nowadays. In the past if a person was discharged for failing to meet quotas, the employer may expect good results if they could show the failure to meet quotas was due to a "neglect of duties" by using your good performance reviews to show that you were capable of meeting the requirements of the job.
But now, we are in an economic downdowndownturn which makes this argument much less effective due to the fact that nobody has money .. loans are hard to come by .. yadah, yadah.
If you are fired, you will simply counter any argument about neglect with the things that are putting attaining the goals out of your reach and stressing that the "things" are "out of your control" and despite doing your job to the "best of your ability" the things that were out of your control kept you from attaining the goals.
Remember that for an employer to prove misconduct, they have to prove the act or failure which they believe to be misconduct was within your control. This could be as blatant as an act that a 3 year old would know is wrong or it could be a simple misjudgment for which you had some control over at some point and at the point of control you made a volitional decision to do the wrong thing.
I always advise counter documenting for employees on the written warnings. There is usually a space for the employee's comment and too few make use of that space. In it should be the reasons you believe the warning are for something other than misconduct or specifically the things out of your control and your assertions that you are doing your job to the best of your ability.
Does this make sense?