But it’s not always clear which kinds of behaviour could actually result in us being fired. Risk to the businessCausing damage to a business might seem like an obvious reason for dismissal. But creating risk of damage can also be a reason for dismissal – though a rare one. “Most people are aware they can be dismissed for serious misconduct, but few people know that serious misconduct can include creating a risk of damage to the employer’s business, rather than any actual damage caused,” McDonald says. “Where an employee divulges even small parts of that information can lead to dismissal, due to the potential damage to the business,” McDonald says.