How to Let an Employee Go?
The experience of firing an employee is often described as ‘difficult’ or even ‘terrible’ by most employers. Whether the financial loss leads to layoffs or the individual employee’s lack of competence and productivity, terminating an employee is never a pleasant experience.
However, it doesn’t have to be a horrible experience either. By taking the proper steps, you can ensure that you let your employee go in a respectful and dignified manner. Following are a few tips you can follow if you plan on terminating an employee.
- It Should Never be a Surprise: No matter the reason behind the termination, it should never come as a surprise to the employee. If the employee isn’t performing up to the mark, they should be given adequate warnings before they are finally fired. On the other hand, if the company is going through a rough time, the employees should get at least a month’s notice before the layoffs start.
- Be Respectful: The conversation is likely to be difficult, but it shouldn’t be humiliating. No matter how badly your employee has been performing, it is important to stay respectful, especially since they will soon be an ex-employ. It is also important that the conversation takes place privately and not in front of the entire office.
- Keep it Short: The longer you drag out the conversation, the worse it will be for both of you. If the employee has already received an advance notice or multiple warnings, getting to the point should be easier. There is no point in having a long conversation at this point. Just try to end it on a positive note.