I think that this deserves its own thread. Cato made a pretty good description of how things work in many areas of the private sector:
The second point is what Iím interested in: Is this a bad thing? Iím not sure that it is.
Many people enter the workforce with grossly unrealistic notions about work rates, attention levels and other behaviours required to hold down a job, particularly a responsible one. Some people shape up. Some don't.
All other methods having failed, getting fired is a powerful feedback that your attitudes adjusting. It is unlikely to do any lasting harm to the career of someone who has recently entered the job market Ė but I think it can be actively helpful. It makes someone understand what they need to do to be successful in their career. Having learnt that lesson, they can go on to be successful, perhaps more so than if they had just muddled on, not getting anywhere in their job because they werenít performing.