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Managing a Temination

January 6th, 2018 Leave a comment Go to comments

The most dreaded task for any HR professional is termination.  But when an employee’s performance doesn’t improve after months of counseling, coaching, and documenting, you’ve got to face it.

Firing for substandard performance means one of two things : either the employee can’t do the job even

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after substantial training, or he/she can’t get along with others even after considerable counseling.

If you’ve been doing your job, you’ve spoken to him/her informally and formally, and you two have agreed on improvement plans that the employee hasn’t carried out. Throughout the disciplinary process, you’ve kept written records of conversations, agreements, and your observations. In short, you’ve seen no positive change. At this point, termination w

 

ill not only be a shock to the employee, it may almost be a relief.

Don’t just do it unmercifully. even when he or she knows what’s coming, rejection and humiliation still hurt.

Use this handout as your guide to handling a difficult situation. These tips will not only make all parties more comfortable with a termination but may well keep you from legal complications!

  1. Make sure you’re on solid ground in discharging the employee.
  2. If you do have grounds to discharge, write a termination letter to present to the employee.
  3. Plan the meeting..
  4. When the employee arrives, don’t beat around the bush or launch into mindless chitchat.
  5. Be prepared for a reaction of shock and denial, pleading and tears, or anger.
  6. If possible, ask the employee if he’d prefer to resign rather than being fired.
  7. Give the employee the letter you’ve prepared.
  8. Finish the meeting.
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