When you've had enough... a proven procedure for firing difficult
The act of terminating an employee can be stressful for a human resource person
or a small business owner. If the employee has not changed after repeated
warnings, both verbal and written, then it can final step for a particular
You may be asking how terminating an employee can still be
seen as part of that person’s job betterment. Simply put,
a good business has its roots in the community, and by terminating
an employee who does not show up on time or care to put forward
enough energy for a job, and then you are doing the community
a service. The terminated employee will likely be reflective
(after a period of time) on why exactly they were let go. During
that time, they will remember what it is you told them and hopefully
make changes to correct their behavior.
Terminating an Employee without Distancing Yourself from the
We have all seen the employee who has great social skills,
who can make friends with most of the staff, and might even host
parties outside of work for their coworkers. What if that very
employee underperforms? Do you back away from terminating them,
even though it might be the best thing for the work environment?
Of course, there are tradeoffs when an employee like that does
not perform up to standards. On the one hand, they offer the
environment good morale boost, and might be valuable enough to
keep on for that reason alone. But if they are constantly distracting
and underperforming, and have not listened to several warnings
then terminating that person might suit the business the best.
In the small business world, terminating an employee should
take place face to face, preferably at the end of a business
day, maybe even on late Friday afternoon. By telling the employee
in the privacy of an office, at the end of the day, you take
away the dramatic effect of others hearing the firing (never
fire someone during an angry outburst) and bringing down the
attitude of the workplace.
So before you take that final step in terminating an employee,
be sure to gather you thoughts, review the files, and approach
the situation in a straightforward and dignified way. The employee
may react poorly, so you should prepare yourself mentally before
going through with the termination. But if you go about terminating
an employee from the right angle, then the process should go
smooth and not cause any ill effects within the workplace.
employees? Terminating an employee step by step.